NFP welcomes 80 defectors from Inkatha

2012-08-07 00:00

MORE members of the Inkatha Freedom Party are leaving the party to join its arch rival, the National Freedom Party.

The NFP yesterday welcomed what it said were 80 former IFP members, including a prominent IFP leader and former member of the provincial legislature, Ephraim Sipho Mbatha.

Mbatha was the deputy national organiser for the IFP and was reappointed to the KZN Legislature yesterday.

The Witness reported yesterday that Mbatha resigned from the IFP amid allegations of disloyalty.

The NFP held a press briefing in Durban’s Coastlands Hotel yesterday, where party president Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi welcomed the new members to the organisation.

NFP spokesperson Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa said they had welcomed about 150 new members to the party, and 80 of those had come from the IFP.

Mbatha said: “I tendered my resignation from the IFP because of threats from people who wanted my position in parliament.”

He said he had been a loyal servant of the IFP, as his parents had been, but the fact that the party had not held a national conference since 2005 was a sign that it was dying.

He said there was a cabal within the IFP which opposed members who were hard-working, and he had to leave because nothing was done to create a conducive political environment for members to work effectively.

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