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Rajbansi's widow likely to lead MF

2012-01-18 16:19

Durban - Shameem Rajbansi, the wife of the late Amichand Rajbansi, is likely to take over the leadership of the Minority Front, which he led, a political analyst said on Wednesday.

"All indications are that she will take over the reins," said University of KwaZulu-Natal political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu.

The Minority Front would announce its new leader in Durban on Thursday morning, party spokesperson Patrick Pillay said on Wednesday.

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

It would not come as a surprise if Shameen was introduced as the party's new leader, because Rajbansi had indicated that he wanted her to succeed him, Ndlovu said.

Elected or appointed?

He said the manner in which the MF chose its leaders raised many questions.

"Are MF leaders elected democratically by members of the party or appointed? This is a big question that the party needs to answer," he said.

Ndlovu said the MF and Inkatha Freedom Party were still stuck in pre-1994 politics, and had failed to embrace the culture of democracy when choosing leaders.

"They [MF leaders] will have to tell us how the leader they will announce tomorrow [Thursday] was chosen. They will have to tell us who were involved in the process," he said.

Ndlovu said if the Rajbansi appointed a member of his family, it would mean the MF was a "Rajbansi empire".

Pillay refused to explain the process followed in choosing the new leader. He said it would be explained during a press briefing on Thursday.


Comments
  • Burtfred - 2012-01-18 16:40

    Oh, this all sounds very democratic - just like North Korea (Jong Il), Syria (Assad), Libya (Ghaddafi), DRC (Kabila), Iraq (Hussein), etc. The dictator pops off and one of his family takes over.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-18 18:00

      What's with the thumbs-downs? Is the Rajbansi family responding to this post?

      ubhejane - 2012-01-18 18:27

      LOL LOL Burtfred! Good to see you back! Don't worry about the Rajbansi Empire. You read the writer said it is as ancient as the IFP. Weren't both these parties in cahoots with the Nats at one stage?

  • Teri - 2012-01-18 16:44

    If she continues with the traditions of Mr Bengal Tiger in giving free mutton breyani and dholl for votes, then she has my vote!

      George - 2012-01-18 17:14

      Oh good What time and place. Do we have to book

      George - 2012-01-18 17:17

      BTW there 58 in my family and and i'm charging them R50.00 bucks a head.

      Teri - 2012-01-19 09:21

      George At the Rajput Hall in Chatsworth, cause The Raj Put the Hall there!

  • Moss - 2012-01-18 16:49

    Family business as usual

  • Juan - 2012-01-18 17:04

    Minority Front, didn't know that they still existed, wonder what % of the vote they get, less than 1%?

      Teri - 2012-01-19 09:41

      Better than your AWB tit!

  • Mike - 2012-01-18 17:04

    Sounds like North Korea to me....

  • KReddy - 2012-01-18 18:14

    I'm Indian and don't vote for the MF but the comments based on stereotyping is so pathetic. The parallels to n korea, keeping it in the family etc shows the guilty having a narrow perception of reality. There is no doubting it though, wherever Indians go they find a way of improving themselves with hard work. There was never any handouts. Compared to what the MF are doing, there are other political parties headed and have member composition of all races who are doing much more damage behind closed doors and even completely in the open and all we can do is stare open mouthed in disbelief.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-18 18:37

      @K Reddy It was me who compared this cosy little nepotism to North Korea and other dictatorships. I made no reference whatsoever to "Indians". If you are feeling somehow compromised or inferior by being "Indian", that's your problem, no-one else's. ????? ?????

      KReddy - 2012-01-18 20:41

      Its wasn't me, but you who just exposed yourself . Hahahahaaa. I have no inferior complex sir and it does not take a lot of brains to identify veiled racism and stereotyping. Sigh.

  • KReddy - 2012-01-18 18:15

    I'm Indian and don't vote for the MF but the comments based on stereotyping is so pathetic. The parallels to n korea, keeping it in the family etc shows the guilty having a narrow perception of reality. There is no doubting it though, wherever Indians go they find a way of improving themselves with hard work. There was never any handouts. Compared to what the MF are doing, there are other political parties headed and have member composition of all races who are doing much more damage behind closed doors and even completely in the open and all we can do is stare open mouthed in disbelief.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 20:19

      I totally agree Reddy my buddy! I know for a fact that you are light years ahead in just cause. Dont compare yourself to the morons who comment! I love the old Durban and when it was really proper Indian. Now its just a slum. I lived in High Level Road and all my neighbours were the best Indians ever!! I miss you guys!!

      George - 2012-01-18 22:17

      When and where is the free food

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