IFP women’s leader joins ANC

2011-03-03 09:17

Embattled former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Women’s Brigade leader Thembi Nzuza has joined the ANC, it announced today.

Four other IFP councillors from the eThekwini Municipality had also joined the ANC.

“They have taken a decision to join the ANC solely to make a contribution in changing the living conditions of our people,” said ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala.

Other IFP members who had joined the ANC were Vincent Mngwengwe, Vela Gumede, Gladwin Ndlela and Marry Bawden.

Zikala said Democratic Alliance (DA) councillors Colin Gaillard and Constantina Tsepouras (DA) had also joined the ANC.

Nzuza’s move to the ANC came after months of speculation about her future following a falling out with her party.

She was recently replaced as a leader of the IFP Women’s Brigade barely a week after being removed from the eThekwini Municipality’s executive committee.

Nzuza lost three crucial positions in less than five months. She was also removed as the IFP caucus leader in the eThekwini Municipality late last year.

Her problems with IFP leaders began last year when she was summoned to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee for comments she made on her Facebook page.

She wrote that it was a pity she could not implement what she had learned during her leadership course in Sweden because her party faced a crisis.

There was a perception in some quarters that she had links with the IFP breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP) led by former IFP national chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

Nzuza has on several occasions distanced herself from the NFP.

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