IFP youth not backing down

2009-06-16 00:00

THE IFP Youth Brigade says that despite the reconciliatory tone it has taken towards its senior party leadership, it still wants them out.

This comes after reports suggesting the youth brigade has bowed to pressure and apologised to the party leadership.

The chairman of the youth brigade in the UThukela District, Bhishi Mdakane, said the brigade members are apologising only for their disruptive behaviour, which led to seven members being suspended from the party, and not for what they had said.

He said the speculation that the youth brigade has bowed to pressure is incorrect as its mandate to transform the party and remove the current leadership has not changed.

“On the day some of our members were suspended, we were called to the meeting with the party president, and when not all our members were allowed to voice their concerns, we refused unless the rest were allowed to go in, and so they were suspended and that is what we apologised for,” said Mdakane.

He said the youth brigade is still intent on bringing transformation to the party.

“The plan of action from our youth branches is that new leadership is required, and that plan has not changed.”

However, he denied that party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi is their target.

He said the youth brigade still insists on the legitimacy of the issues it is raising, which, if resolved, would transform the party, regain the support it lost and prepare it for the 2011 local government elections.

“We want to clarify that the change and transformation we want in the party does not single out individuals, but involves the whole range of issues.”

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