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IFP welcomes new Minority Front leader

2012-01-19 18:10

Durban - The IFP on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Shameem Rajbansi as the new Minority Front leader.

"It is no doubt that she is an exceptional leader who will keep on the memory of her late husband," Inkatha Freedom Party leader in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Blessed Gwala, said.

Shameem Rajbansi was announced as the leader of the MF on Thursday, which her husband had led.

"She, just like her husband, will not fail to promote democracy."

MF spokesperson Patrick Pillay said Rajbansi was elected during a meeting on January 16.

"The decision was taken by means of general consensus by all elected representatives and members of the MF."

Amichand Rajbansi, a veteran politician, died in December after a long stay in hospital.

Pillay said the appointment of the new MF leader was made easy because Rajbansi had developed an exit strategy. It was based on succession involving training, observation and performance appraisals.

"This method has led to the smooth transition of the election of the new leader for the MF."

Addressing the media after she was announced as new MF leader, Rajbansi said her meeting her husband in 1998 had shaped her political life. She assured MF supporters she would not disappoint them.

"My first mandate is to continue the vision, mission and aims of why my leader established the MF."

She said the process followed by the MF when choosing leaders was different from the one used by other political parties.

"We use a very traditional way which does not cause any chaos. Other parties can learn a lot from us. There was no lobbying."

Comments
  • Thando - 2012-01-19 19:06

    I know Mr Rajbansi did a lot for his people - but is his wife qualified to lead the party ? Even if she will follow his principles ?

  • Gollum - 2012-01-19 19:18

    She said the process followed by the MF when choosing leaders was different from the one used by other political parties. "We use a very traditional way, there was no lobbying." Wow, "traditional" err yes centuries ago it sure was, democratic...hell no. This will lead to major disillusion among their supporters and even the MF leadership, who'll see that staying in a leaders good books is more important than actually doing ones job effectively. Although it sounds kinda familiar, even the ANC doesn't have its leaders chosen by decree.

      Andrew Thomas - 2012-01-20 05:53

      Democracy seems to be the appropriate way to organise succession if one is going to be consistent with one's party's fight for democracy. Lobbying is part of democracy.If one is promoting democracy but practising traditional succession then one is not being consistent. I think traditional succession may be an expedient move from the point of view of those resistant to change in the party but for those committed to the will of the body corporate--an important feature of democracy-- it suggests the party is only nominally democratic. A pity in a country where a strong functioning democratic opposition is much needed.

      Andrew Thomas - 2012-01-20 05:58

      Democracy seems to be the appropriate way to organise succession if one is going to be consistent with one's party's fight for democracy. Lobbying is part of democracy.If one is promoting democracy but practising traditional succession then one is not being consistent. I think traditional succession may be an expedient move from the point of view of those resistant to change in the party but for those committed to the will of the body corporate--an important feature of democracy-- it suggests the party is only nominally democratic. A pity in a country where a strong functioning democratic opposition is much needed.

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