Zondi will not stand for IFP re-election

2011-12-09 13:37

IFP secretary-general Reverend Musa Zondi will not stand for re-election when the party’s much-postponed elective conference eventually takes place next year.

Zondi made this announcement in Durban today in response to rumours that he is having an affair with a fellow senior party member – whose name is known to City Press – who is married.

He also claimed that his enemies in the party had planted a story about him impregnating the woman colleague in local newspapers to remove him from the party’s succession race and had planned to kill him at Ulundi should the smear campaign fail.

Zondi has been punted as the frontrunner to take over the reins of the IFP from its president for more than three decades, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, either through the creation of a deputy president’s position, or by the creation of a lifetime emeritus post for the aging IFP founder.

Zondi, who has been involved in the IFP leadership at various levels for 32 years, said other female IFP member had been “put under severe pressure” and offered money and better-paying jobs to say they had affairs with him.

Zondi said he would devote his time to looking after his family, including his frail mother and his deceased brother’s children.

He said he believe the plot against him was being driven by senior members of the IFP.

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