All IFP members must rejoin to oust NFP

2012-05-02 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) president Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called on members to rejoin the party to clear it of bogus branches.

Speaking at a Workers’ Day celebration at kwaNongoma yesterday, he accused members of the National Freedom Party (NFP) of taking membership books with them when they defected from the IFP.

“They are using these books to sign up members in bad faith, to create bogus branches,” he said.

“We know that bogus branches are still being created so that [bogus] delegates can be sent to [the IFP] conference with a mandate to disrupt and sabotage elections.” he said.

“Clearly, if we want a successful conference and a credible election, we shall need to deal with this problem.”

Buthelezi said the party’s National Council options had resolved that all members of the IFP would need to rejoin the party as of April 30, 2012.

NFP president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi fobbed off the accusations.

“They are just playing cheap politics,” she said.

“We don’t have their membership books. What are we going to do with them because we are NFP?

“We are working hard as the party using this time to recruit their members as the membership is suspended until they rejoin,” said Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

She added that last week her party had recruited 500 members in the kwaNongoma area from the IFP.

The IFP claims that last year its support in kwaNongoma increased from the 46% to 51%.

Buthelezi said he was aware that many people would find it hard to pay the R10 joining fee, particularly those who have already paid their membership fees for this year.

“I ask you to consider the interests of the party,” he pleaded.

“We cannot fail to counter every attack and take every precautionary measure for the sake of the party. I therefore ask you to do everything in your power to rejoin and receive the new membership card”.


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