Shenge denies ‘cabal’ talk

2012-03-27 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party is not controlled by a “cabal” and there is no split between its senior leadership and the youth wing, party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi said yesterday.

Addressing a press conference, he repeated his comments to The Witness a fortnight ago that there was no truth in claims made by Chris Ntuli, the former leader of the SA Democratic Students’ Movement.

Ntuli had claimed that the IFP was controlled by a “cabal of less than six people known as the core group”.

Buthelezi said there had indeed been a core group, but it was an ad hoc committee formed prior to the 2009 national election to act as the party’s think tank.

It was likely this group would be resurrected.

Buthelezi said claims that he was hand-picking people for leadership posts within the party were “absolutely preposterous”.

He said he had expressed his desire to retire in 2004, like all people his age, but the party did not want him to.

Retiring would be like building a house then running away when it catches fire, he said.

The IFP would only hold its elective conference once it had done away with bogus branches that were created during the time when Zanele Magwaza-Msibi was still the party’s chairperson.

Only when legitimate structures of the party had been put in place would the IFP hold its elective conference.

Buthelezi described troublesome youth brigade members as copycats who were mimicking suspended ANC Youth league president Julius Malema.

He said he believed there were still supporters of Magwaza-Msibi — who formed her own breakaway party the National Freedom Party — in the IFP’s Durban head office.

Ntuli insisted yesterday that there was a “cabal” controlling the IFP.

“Our president failed to see this point when we raised it. The core group has chosen to postpone the conference because they fear that democracy is going to remove them from their positions,” Ntuli said.

He asked why the party had not held its elective conference when all other structures in the party had been elected.

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