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Top official's resignation surprises IFP

2012-01-10 19:11

Johannesburg - The IFP was taken by surprise by the resignation of its national organiser Albert Mncwango, it said on Tuesday.

Mncwango said earlier that he had resigned at the request of Inkatha Freedom Party leadership to allow the party to implement certain transformational changes.

However, IFP deputy national spokesman Joshua Mazibuko said this was not true.

"Recognising the difficulties and challenges that the position of national organiser represents, the national executive committee... felt that it could be in the best interests of the party, that a technocrat and not a politician be appointed to the position," Mazibuko said in a statement.

The matter was due to be discussed at the IFP's national council meeting this weekend.

"It is unfortunate therefore that Mr Mncwango jumped the gun by announcing his departure," said Mazibuko.

Although Mncwango had resigned as national organiser, a position he has held for more than decade, he would remain a Member of Parliament.

Mncwango said he was appointed as the national organiser of the IFP by its president Mangosuthu Buthelezi in 1998.

His responsibilities included leading the Zululand District and Nongoma constituency.

The IFP had a difficult year in 2011 with its former chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi leaving the party to form the National Freedom Party.

The party also suffered its worst defeat since 1994 during the local government elections when it lost control of key municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, a province that was its stronghold.

In March, Mncwango's wife Sanelisiwe Mncwango defected to the NFP. Saneliswe reportedly made the move without her husband knowing, but returned to the IFP the next day.

Mncwango defended his wife, saying she neither understood what she was getting herself into, nor the full implications and consequences of her actions.

He said Saneliswe was committed to the IFP.