DA queries MF’s aims in legislature

2012-06-29 00:00

MINORITY Front (MF) leader Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi must come out and say whether she plans to deliver the party into the hands of the ANC.

So said provincial Democratic Alliance leader Sizwe Mchunu yesterday after Vimmi Ramdaas was sworn in as a member of the KZN Legislature, filling the position left vacant by the death of Amichand Rajbansi.

Ramdaas is a former ANC member. Circumstances around her resignation from the party remain a mystery.

Mchunu claimed Thakur-Rajbansi, the widow of the late MF leader, had supported and backed the ANC during the recent budget vote in the legislature.

Thakur-Rajbansi responded that Ramdaas had been an MF member since 2004 and served as a municipal councillor in eMnambithi, representing the party between 2006 and 2011.

She said Ramdaas left the party and joined the ANC last year “out of desperation” after being angered by the actions of Roy Bhoola, the MF’s representative in Parliament.

But Ramdaas had told her in a letter that she left the ANC in January after attending only one meeting.

In an attack apparently aimed at some of her party’s members, Thakur-Rajbansi said “errant councillors” had been lobbying for “cream positions” within the DA.

“I’d like the leader of the DA to comment on that issue. Maybe they are the ones that are selling out the MF,” she said.

Mchunu told The Witness he wasn’t aware of MF councillors lobbying to join his party.

“I don’t know where she gets that information from,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see if she can back this up with evidence. I don’t know of such councillors.”

Attempts to get comment from Ramdaas and the legislature yesterday were unsuccessful.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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