Ex-youth leader apologises to IFP

2010-04-09 00:00

THE former Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade chairman for KwaZulu-Natal, who was expelled for urging IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to step down in favour of national chair Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi, has apologised.

Skhumbuzo Khanyeza said in a press briefing in Durban yesterday that he wrote a letter to Buthelezi apologising to him about what he called “mistakes we made because of being childish”.

“In this letter, I offered all those whom I have offended my unconditional apology for my actions that have caused the party I love and wish to continue to serve so much grief, frustration and negative media publicity.”

Khanyeza said his actions — calling for change on public platforms instead of using internal democratic avenues available to all members — had brought the party into ridicule and contempt.

He said he regrets making unfounded accusations he had publicly made against the party — that it lacks democratic practices — and his public and well-publicised support for an alternative candidate [KaMagwaza-Msibi] for the IFP presidency, even when the candidate herself had repeatedly rejected such a prospect.

“I am fully aware that my actions have misguided many young people whom I led … I am also aware that my actions nurtured divisions and hostilities in the IFP ranks …

“My humble appeal today is to the president of the IFP, the entire party leadership, for forgiveness and reprieve. I am prepared to submit to whatever sanction the party leadership deems appropriate,” he added.

Khanyeza pledged his unwavering loyalty to Buthelezi and his continued leadership of the IFP.

The former chairman was suspended with two other youth brigade leaders who were calling for leadership change following the IFP’s dismal showing in last year’s elections.

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