Ousted MF leader to take court action

2012-11-19 00:00

MINORITY Front (MF) leader Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi is taking court action after she was ousted as leader at a party congress over the weekend.

Leadership squabbles in the party saw one faction of about 400 members holding an elective congress in Shallcross, where Thakur-Rajbansi was ousted as leader.

A Sunday newspaper reported that Thakur-Rajbansi, the widow of the late founding leader Amichand Rajbansi, was replaced by MP Roy Bhoola.

Lyndal Singh was elected as his deputy, Ismail Casimjee as general secretary, Deenadayah Govender as treasurer, Ganas Govender as national chairperson and Ronnie Pillay as his deputy.

The congress went ahead in spite of protests from Thakur-­Raj­ban­si and her supporters, who deemed it unlawful.

Yesterday, she said she and her executive were taking legal action.

“They will just have to face the consequences for going ahead. We gave them notice a few days ago.

“We told them quite clearly that it [the congress] will be illegal, unconstitutional, unlawful and be of no effect,” she told The Witness.

“I’m sitting with attorneys, deciding on a number of things. There are many things flawed in their process. We are prioritising which matters we will follow,” she said, adding that papers would be filed in court within three days.

“They had no authority to call the so-called conference. The executive of the Minority Front is the supreme policy-making body that can call such a conference, so they are not the executive body.

“Whatever they have done is wrong. It clearly shows the agenda of this cabal in the Minority Front,” she added.

Bhoola could not be reached for comment.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said the leadership squabbles would lead the MF to its demise.

“This will simply precipitate the inevitable decline and eventual disappearance of the Minority Front, because the more its leaders fight, the more the supporters, no matter how small they are, get discouraged,” Fikeni said.

He said the effects of the leadership squabbles would be felt in the next national elections in 2014.

“By the next elections, the impact of the squabbles will be felt, just like in the Congress of the People. The Minority Front diminished before Rajbansi died. Its role was no longer an important factor,” he said.

Thakur-Rajbansi agreed with Fikeni that her party was divided.

“We are so divided that we can actually lose seats,” she said, referring to seats held by the MF in parliament, KZN Legislature and councils.

Thakur-Rajbansi took over running the party when her husband died last year. But she has been at loggerheads with party members over control of the party.

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