IFP chairperson denies expulsion

2009-08-20 15:14

IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has denied that the party’s national executive committee expelled her last week.

Magwaza-Msibi was speaking at a media briefing in Durban this morning that the speculation was the work of the IFP enemies who wanted to confuse party supporters ahead of last week’s bi-elections that took place throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

It was speculated last week that she was fired by the party because she allegedly instigated youth leaders to revolt against party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s leadership

The IFP won four out of five bi-elections in the province last Thursday.

Magwaza-Msibi’s denials came shortly after the IFP Youth Brigade, the party’s youth wing, supporters protested outside party headquarters in Durban yesterday demanding that Buthelezi retire from politics.

The youth wing supporters carried placards denouncing party secretary-general Musa Zondi and national organiser Mangaqa Mncwango as having been behind a plot to undermine Magwaza-Msibi.

Speaking to members of the media this morning, Magwaza-Msibi said she was distancing herself from any suggestion that there was acrimony between her and Buthelezi.

“I wish to emphasise that I distance myself from the display of disunity and the lack of respect to the leaders of my party especially the president (Buthelezi), whom I consider to be my father, mentor and leader. Our relationship continues to be based on mutual respect and trust,” she said.

The party’s top leadership including Mncwango, deputy national chairperson Velaphi Ndlovu and Blessed Gwala, who is member of the party’s national council, all flanked Magwaza-Msibi.

She went further to appeal to the party’s rank-and-file to rally behind the elected leadership and stay away from those “who pretend to be advancing the interests of the IFP when they actually seek to destroy it”.

Asked why the party has not held its annual general conference which normally takes place in July, Magwaza-Msibi said the party was experiencing administrative difficulties and had spent too much time campaigning for the April national elections and that the branches were not yet ready to go to the conference.

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