IFP postpones general conference

2010-07-19 08:19

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) voted to postpone its general

conference until a disciplinary inquiry was conducted into national chairwoman

Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

The party’s conference scheduled for July 23 would only take place

after Magwaza-Msibi cleared her name and “normalisation of atmosphere within the

party,” read its resolution.

The resolution said intra-party fighting had become violent and

that the creation of “bogus party branches” was threatening to make the

conference illegitimate.

The conference would procede only after the party was structurally

sound and “current divisions have been resolved”.

This will be considered at a national concil meeting scheduled for

late October.

The resolution named uThukela, eThekwini, Amajuba, Indlovu and

Newcastle as areas where the branches would not qualify to participate in the


The IFP has been wracked by internal fighting, some of it violent,

for the past several months.

Magwaza-Msibi has been seen as challenging IFP leader Mangosuthu

Buthelezi as head of the party.


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