Ex-IFP leader returns to party after just a month with NFP

2013-01-10 00:00

AN influential politician from KwaMashu in Durban, who ditched the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) for the National Freedom Party (NFP) on the eve of the December 5 by-elections, made a sudden switch back to his old political party yesterday, leaving senior NFP officials baffled.

Fuhluza Khumalo, an IFP member for about 29 years, had only joined the NFP for about a month before crossing the floor again. Returning to the IFP as a prodigal son was like “putting chilli on a wound”, he said.

Nevertheless, Khumalo’s return was met with much fanfare and adulation at the IFP’s Durban offices, with songs and messages of support from the party’s women’s and youth brigades.

Asked why he had left the IFP in the first place, Khumalo said he had had grievances the party had not entertained, and he had become disillusioned after giving almost 30 years of his life to the party.

The party would not say what those grievances were.

Before departing to the NFP, Khumalo served on the IFP’s development committee and was the spokesperson for traditional leaders.

NFP spokesperson Maliyakhe Shelembe appeared baffled by the news that Khumalo had abandoned ship. He requested time to find out what had transpired, whereafter his phone appeared to be switched off.

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