‘VZ’ still consulting on her next move

2011-01-20 00:00

EMBATTLED Inkatha Freedom Party national chairperson Zanele “VZ” Magwaza-Msibi postponed the press conference where she was expected to make an announcement on her political future after she lost a court application to force the IFP to hold an elective conference earlier this week.

It will now take place next Tuesday.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, Magwaza-Msibi said she wanted more time to consult with her supporters and the community in general before making pronouncements on her future.

“I have a string of meetings in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng to meet my supporters and members of the community who have supported me throughout the difficult times in the past two-and-a-half years.

“Whatever decision I make, I want them to be party to it as they stood by me during the most difficult time of my political career.

“There are also some members from major political parties who have pledged to support any initiative we might decide to embark upon,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

Although Magwaza-Msibi and her supporters — most of them composed of expelled IFP leaders — are still tight-lipped on her next move, it is now an open secret that she is going to establish a new political party that is expected to contest this year’s local government elections alongside traditional rivals the ANC and the IFP.

Should Magwaza-Msibi decides to form another party, there is no doubt that the IFP — which has been bleeding for years from declining electoral support since 1994 — would suffer a major blow as she enjoys substantial support within the party.

The chairperson vehemently denied reports that circulated last year saying that she would join the ANC.

“It’s propaganda that I will be joining the ANC as I believe in a democracy with strong opposition parties and there is no way that I could join the ruling party. That accusation was meant to create animosity between myself and my supporters within the IFP,” she said.

It remains to be seen whether Magwaza-Msibi would successfully tread where the other former IFP national chairperson Dr Ziba Jiyane failed.

Jiyane led a breakaway group from the IFP in 2005 and established the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco).

Although Nadeco attracted several MPs, MPLs and councillors from the IFP and got a few councillors in the 2006 local government election, during the 2009 provincial and national elections the party failed to win a single seat.

Jiyane ended up leaving Nadeco to establish another party, the South African Democratic Convention (Sadeco).

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