Xaba clears his name with IFP

2011-03-15 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party youth leader whom the party’s top brass prevented from contesting the election of the IFP Youth Brigade executive at the weekend is not bitter and remains committed to being a member of the party.

The IFP leadership voiced their disapproval for former South African Democratic Students’ Movement president Thabo Xaba to lead the IFPYB, prompting disgruntled delegates to walk out in protest. The rest of the executive members were elected unopposed.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, Xaba said that although he was disappointed by the turn of events during Sunday’s contest, he agreed to withdraw his nomination “for the sake of unity” within the embattled party.

“When you join a political party you have to know that you must be a selfless person and learn to put your feelings aside. It’s no longer about you but about the party itself.

“However I was happy to get an opportunity to address the conference and IFP leadership in order to clear the air about slanderous rumours that were circulating about me. I believe my name is now cleared ...” Xaba said.

Xaba said he understands why some of the delegates decided to walk out, “but I pleaded with them to return to the conference for the sake of unity.” He also urged delegates who wanted him to lead the IFPYB not to leave the party but to voice their concerns.

“I remain committed to the cause of the IFP as I believe that no one is bigger than the party.

“I believe after these challenges, the IFP must regroup and fight for the protection of our young democracy.”

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