Picture of dog in NFP T-shirt sparks fury

2014-06-24 00:00

THE IFP will investigate claims that one of its leaders in Ulundi circulated pictures of his dog wearing an NFP T-shirt.

National Freedom Party leaders claim that Bhazabhaza Ntshalintshali, an IFP leader in ward 5, Ulundi even named his two dogs Zanele and Senzo. Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is NFP president while Senzo Shwala is the NFP’s ward 5 PR councillor.

NFP leader in Ulundi, Siphamandla Ntombela, said Ntshalintshali’s posting of the picture was insensitive.

Ntshalintshali could not be reached for comment after his pictures went viral.

“This is so unacceptable and has a potential of inflaming political violence in the area. Our members are not happy that our leaders and party were disrespected in this fashion. We strive for peace and quiet in this community and what this man has done could have deadly consequences if not dealt with urgently,” said Ntombela.

Ntombela had since written a letter to IFP chair in Ulundi, Xolani Buthelezi, requesting a meeting to discuss the matter.

IFP spokesperson Blessed Gwala said he had heard about the matter, but had no details. “It was utterly wrong of this man to do what he did. He was not mandated by the party. The starting point will be for us to investigate who he is and why he did this. I have already instructed the constituency to look into his membership authenticity and once that is confirmed, then disciplinary measures will follow,” said Gwala.

When contacted for comment yesterday, NFP leader kaMagwaza-Msibi referred queries to party provincial leader, Professor Nhlanhla Kubisi.

Khubisi said: “As a party we are extremely flabbergasted by Ntshalintshali’s attitude of denigrating Honourable kaMagwaza-Msibi, an area leader and the NFP as a whole.

“We understand that this man has been doing this for some time now and nothing has been done to call him to order. This is very dangerous to the stability of the area as this can make situation volatile,” said Khubisi.

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