IFP welcomes new Minority Front leader
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."