Friends of VZ to meet as IFP calls VZ to order

2011-01-19 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party’s national council is set to continue with disciplinary action against its national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

The announcement comes after the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Monday dismissed her application for an order preventing the party from hauling her before its disciplinary committee.

IFP national organizer Albert Mncwango said the national council will continue its inquiry into the alleged “divisive behaviour of the chairperson and collusion with elements within the Friends of VZ group”.

Mncwango confirmed that the national council held its weekly meeting yesterday to discuss the implications of the court decision for the party, among other things.

“The inquiry into the national chairperson’s behaviour is still outstanding.

“She went to court to try and avoid it, but now, with the court’s decision, there’s nowhere to hide. She must answer for herself.

“She is still a member of the IFP and our national chairperson and she must answer the charges laid against her.”

Mncwango said the inquiry will be convened shortly and said the party’s focus now is on accelerating the its local government elections campaign.

He confirmed that party members held braais on Monday and yesterday to celebrate the victory in the court.

Meanwhile Magwaza-Msibi and a spokesperson for the Friends of VZ remain tight-lipped about what will be announced in today’s press conference scheduled for Durban.

A spokesperson for the Friends of VZ group, Thokozani Zulu, confirmed that a meeting at which the future of Magwaza-Msibi and the pro-transformation members of the IFP will be announced is going to take place at an undisclosed beachfront hotel in Durban today.

There are strong indications that at the press conference Magwaza-Msibi will announce her resignation from the IFP and her plan to establish a new political party.


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