Buthelezi willing to reconcile with ‘VZ’

2011-01-21 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has denied that he said there was no room for reconciliation with the embattled IFP national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

In a statement issued yesterday, Buthelezi said senior IFP leaders approached Magwaza-Msibi for reconciliation “but she was not prepared to entertain the idea”.

“In fact, I told SABC yesterday (on Wednesday) that even if an opportunity presented itself today to attempt reconciliation, I would be open to exploring it.

“The IFP has received no resignation from the National Chairperson, nor any other formal communication.

“She has been notified of her disciplinary hearing scheduled for the 29th of January 2011 and is expected to attend…,” Buthelezi said.

Buthelezi said Magwaza-Msibi has “disingenuously”, suggested her disciplinary hearing has been prejudged, which is “based on statements I never made in the first place”.

“The Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled that her application was premature, what the IFP termed a pre-emptive strike. It has always been the party’s intention to give its National Chairperson an opportunity to clear her name through a hearing. I cannot understand why she is determined to prevent this from happening,” Buthelezi said.

Yesterday afternoon Magwaza-Msibi could not be reached for comment to confirm whether she had received an IFP letter to reschedule her disciplinary hearing.— WR.

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