Troubled IFP urged to let Zuma intervene

2010-07-28 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party’s internal political squabbles have led ­Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal to propose that the embattled party allow President Jacob Zuma to intervene and assist it.

Cosatu said in a statement yesterday that it is concerned about the spate of killings that have resulted from political squabbles within the IFP.

“This signals instability in our province and must be quelled before it fuels unnecessary violence like we last saw before the 1994 elections,” the statement said.

Cosatu said it is concerned about the murders of two people who were associated with a faction in the IFP.

They welcomed the news that Zuma will meet the IFP president, Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

“This is a clear sign from our president that he is concerned and he is doing everything in his power to quell any sparks of violence in this pro­vince.”

Cosatu said the violence is a concern not only for the IFP, but also for the African National Council president and the president of the country.

“He is the one who was tasked with establishing good relations between the IFP and the ANC after 1994.

“He succeeded in ending the political violence with some leaders of the IFP, including the president of the IFP,” said Cosatu

“The IFP should therefore welcome such an intervention, which is aimed at ensuring that the IFP continues to exist under peaceful conditions.

“We represent the masses of the working class and the poor who will suffer badly should any form of violence break out in the province.

“As much as we can never dictate to the IFP whom to elect … we are concerned when their party politics stand to destabilise the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” Cosatu added.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango said, “We can’t accept any intervention from any president. Cosatu has no business interfering in our internal affairs.”

He said the union federation must focus on its own organisational matters. “When their secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, had to be disciplined by the ANC for being a loose cannon on the deck, we did not interfere.”

He assured IFP suppor­ters the leadership of the party is on top of the situation and that there is no crisis within the organisation.

“If there are differences in our organisation, those are just part of the political dynamics that exist in any political organisation.

“Ours is nowhere near the political squabbles that existed in the ANC in the run-up to Polokwane, because that threatened the stability of the entire country,” Mncwango added.

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