Magwaza facing axe?

2010-07-12 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi could face expulsion from the party.

This follows the institution of disciplinary action against her, after the party’s extended national council meeting in Ulundi at the weekend.

The Witness reliably learnt that after the national meeting, the IFP national executive committee (NEC), of which Magwaza-Msibi is a member, met.

At the NEC Magwaza-Msibi was given a letter informing her that she has to appear before the national disciplinary committee. She is being disciplined for her failure to take to court the people in “The Friends of VZ” for using her name in their campaign.

She is supposed to appear before the committee on Saturday.

Sources within the IFP believe this is an attempt to expel Magwaza-Msibi in order to silence her before the coming elective conference.

Other sources said that during the national council meeting Buthelezi said it was time for him to rest and let other leaders take over.

“He became emotional and said he was not going to step down,” the source said.

Magwaza Msibi told the delegates about the suffering she has gone through and the humiliation she has experienced at the hands of the top leadership.

“Some delegates wept openly as she related her story. But she emphasised that she is not going to leave the IFP, despite all the ostracism,” said another source.

The Witness has also learnt that Magwaza-Msibi suppor­ters are threatening that, should she be suspended or expelled from the party, chaos will reign in the IFP.

The extended council meeting, which took place over the weekend, saw leaders from lower to top structures of the IFP meeting to map the way forward for its coming elective national conference.

Attempts to get hold of IFP secretary-general Reverend Musa Zondi and his deputy Thulasizwe Buthelezi were unsuccessful.

Magwaza-Msibi was surprised when approached about the matter, and asked: “Who told you that?”.

She had no comment.

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