'No bid to oust Buthelezi'

2009-04-30 00:00

THE IFP has dismissed reports that its youth wing was calling for its leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to step down following its defeat by the ANC in the 2009 elections.

However in a media statement, IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango admitted that the IFP Youth Brigade were frustrated about the results.

Yesterday there were media reports that there was an underground uprising being driven by influential youth leaders to oust Buthelezi and the current leadership. However Mncwango claims that if there were “calls for the resignation of Buthelezi,” the IFP leadership would be aware and would take them seriously.

He said a meeting was held on Wednesday night to discuss the fallout from the elections.

“The IFP Youth Brigade chairpersons from the eThekwini region whom the IFP leadership met last night expressed their frustration with the election result but vowed to work closely with the leadership to improve the party’s showing in the next local government elections,” said Mncwango.

He urged the party youth to wait for the party’s Annual General Conferences — to be held towards the end of the year — for the Youth and Women Brigades to be able to discuss the future of the party. “These will be the proper platforms for voicing whatever reservations there may be about the party’s leadership.

IFP Youth Brigade national chairwoman Patricia Lebenya-Ntanzi said there are many reasons the party got dismal results, but that the leadership had not yet identified what these were.

“We cannot call for Buthelezi to step down; our policy is that we elect our leaders in conferences only.” She said the leader had tried to resign twice but “we backed him because we thought South Africa needs a leader of his calibre”.

Lebenya-Ntanzi also denied that the current leadership of the brigade did not enjoy the confidence of the youth but said she will be stepping down in the next conference.

“I received invitations from all districts during the election campaign; that shows how much support I have. But I have served for four years in the leadership, three years as acting national chairperson. I believe it’s time to give others a chance”.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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