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.

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