‘Political suicide’: IFP faces severe split if national chair is expelled

2010-10-25 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party will face one of its most severe splits in its 35-year history if it expels its popular national chairperson and former Zululand District Municipality Mayor, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi.

This is the view of senior IFP officials, who asked not to be named, following reports that the party’s national council meeting scheduled for next weekend is set, among other things, to expel KaMagwaza-Msibi.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, IFP general secretary Reverend Musa Zondi confirmed that among issues to be discussed at the coming national council meeting is an inquiry into a relationship between KaMagwaza-Msibi and the “Friends of VZ KaMagwaza-Msibi”.

Zondi denied weekend reports that knives are out for KaMagwaza-Msibi.

IFP veterans told The Witness the 2005 split within the IFP that led to the formation of the National Democratic Convention will be like a Sunday school picnic compared to KaMagwaza-Msibi’s expulsion.

One said more than half of the IFP members will follow KaMagwaza-Msibi, a move that he said would be “political suicide”.

The IFP is already struggling, as is clear from the party’s dwindling support during the past two national and provincial elections, the veteran member added.

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