Estcourt: IFP vows to go ahead with march

2010-03-26 00:00

DEFIANT Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters in the uMtshezi constituency say they will go ahead with the march against an IFP-led local municipality even if the council refuses them permission to protest.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday afternoon, Mthembeni Majola, chief organiser of the march and the IFP uMtshezi constituency secretary, said they are too advanced with preparations to postpone the march.

Yesterday a source in the uMtshezi municipality offices said the march was not going to be granted permission because the council was not given the required seven days’ notice to prepare security arrangement.

The protest march is against alleged corruption and nepotism by the uMtshezi Municipality’s top office bearers, who are also IFP leaders.

“We have organised about 32 buses to ferry the protesters and we have gone as far as announcing the march through loudhailers. We cannot be told to stop now. To march is our constitutional right and no one can stop us,” said the defiant Majola in a telephone interview with The Witness yesterday.

Also yesterday, The Witness was reliably informed that uMtshezi Mayor Maliyakhe Shelembe, town mananger Nonhlanhla Njoko and councillors were locked in a meeting in an attempt to resolve the impasse.

The IFP in uMtshezi is said to be divided into two factions — one led by Majola, who is perceived to be supporters of the Reverend Musa Zondi’s take-over of IFP leadership after Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s retirement and the other by mayor Shelembe, which is believed to be pushing for national chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi’s take-over.

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