‘Defection’ ploy : ‘It was blackmail,’ says IFP’s Motala

2011-04-26 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party’s Hassan Motala has denied media reports that he defected to the ANC.

Speaking at a press conference at the IFP’s head office yesterday, Motala a member of the IFP’s national council, said the ANC had “blackmailed” him.

He said his family has extensive business contracts with the KwaZulu-Natal government.

“When I arrived at a meeting with Premier Zweli Mkhize at the City Hall on Thursday, I was presented with an ANC T-shirt and instructed to wear it. This was done without my consent and against my wishes. The suggestion was that if I wanted to continue doing business with the ANC-led government, I should end my association with the IFP. It was blackmail,” said Motala.

He described the event aas a cheap political ploy aimed at destabilising the IFP before the local government election.

Motala said it is becoming evident that the ANC has adopted a policy not to do business with anyone unless they are linked to the ruling party.

He said that he remains resolutely committed to the IFP.

— Witness Reporter.

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