Parties welcome crossers

2009-03-29 00:00

The election highlight in KZN over the weekend was both the ANC and the IFP claiming mass crossing of members from other parties into their folds.

The ANC announced the defections of over 500 members from other parties, while the IFP announced that it received 700 former ANC members. IFP national chairwoman Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi said she welcomed these 700 new members to the IFP fold during her election campaign at Maphephethweni , near Inanda.

The ANC yesterday said it welcomed over 500 members from Nadeco, the United Democratic Front and the United Independent Front (UIF).

According to ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu, some of these members left the ANC with UDM president Bantu Holomisa when he started his party. He said those members subsequently formed a breakaway party from the UDM known as the United Independent Front, led by Malizole Diko, who died shortly after the formation of the party.

Mchunu said among the UDM members who joined the ANC was Holomisa’s former right hand man, Richard Zwane, who was critical in the building of UDM structures in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nadeco members who joined the ANC included Bongani Mbonambi, who was secretary of Nadeco in the Ethekwini region and Lindiwe Ndimande, who was the party’s KZN deputy chairwoman and Daliso Khwela, the spokesman of Nadeco.

Mchunu said the ANC has been experiencing a tsunami-like influx of members. “Day in and day out we have been welcoming members from all political parties’ in particular members from the IFP,” he said.

According to Mchunu, on Saturday, the ANC received over 80 IFP members who were welcomed at the Oliver Tambo Games at Ndaka, Weenen. He said this practically means the IFP no longer has an active branch in an area that was once their stronghold.

“We still hoping to receive many more new members before the national and general elections because people now see that working together we can achieve even more,” the ANC provincial secretary said.

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