NFP wants IFP apology

2014-07-22 00:00

THE NFP wants the IFP to apologise or face the music for alleging their party leader stole Zululand District Municipality funds.

The IFP had alleged NFP leader, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, used municipal funds to finance her party’s election campaign. The party revealed at a press conference yesterday that it send a lawyer’s letter to the IFP, demanding it make a public apology.

Magwaza-Msibi said the legal action was to protect her and her party’s image after last week’s damning attack when the IFP called on the legislature to finalise a date for her to explain expenditure during her tenure.

“If it is not responded to … people … might be tempted to believe this is true,” she said.

She also complained that the IFP had previously claimed that her party was formed with funding from the ANC.

“We have been saying they must come up with evidence. It is not true. It is propaganda,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

The NFP’s national organiser Sipho Mbatha denied the breakaway party had been funded with ANC funds.

IFP chairperson Blessed Gwala confirmed his party was served with a letter of demand, which was referred to its lawyers.

“One wonders why the NFP leader opted for the expensive route to clear her name rather than go to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa),” he said.

The legal threat follows a Scopa meeting, which Magwaza-Msibi did not attend in February due a misunderstanding on who should be in a municipal delegation.

She and top municipal brass were to have been quizzed about expenditure on the provision of water, sanitation and district roads funding.

Magwaza-Msibi said she had yet to get a response from Scopa after she wrote to it asking to be invited to answer its questions.

She said despite her explanation, the IFP allegedly continued to tarnish her reputation, claiming she stole municipal funds for election purposes.

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