IFP: Mtshali faces hearing

2009-10-09 00:00

FORMER KwaZulu-Natal premier and senior IFP member at the provincial legislature, Lionel Mtshali, will face a disciplinary hearing following his remarks about the party’s succession battle, the party said at press briefing yesterday.

“Mtshali has an appointment to appear before the national executive committee (NEC) for a disciplinary hearing for making unauthorised statements,” IFP general secretary the Reverend Musa Zondi told reporters in a joint press briefing with the party’s national chairwoman, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi.

Mtshali stated recently that he would prefer Zondi to take over the party presidency from leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Zondi said he hopes the disciplinary hearing will show that they do not want IFP members to use their names as if they are personally campaigning for the position.

Two different factions of the IFP youth brigade have publicly declared that they endorse Zondi and KaMagwaza-Msibi as their preferred candidates to replace Buthelezi ahead of the party’s annual general conference. The date for the conference is not yet known.

Zondi also distanced the party leadership from calls to change the party’s name to the National Freedom Party, adding that only the internal structures are supposed to deal with such matters.

KaMagwaza-Msibi said the succession battles are tarnishing the party’s name and that of Buthelezi as there are statements being made that he is clinging to power.

“Reverend Zondi and I are concerned about not only the damage that this is being inflicted upon Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s leadership … Neither of us will accept nominations ahead of the conference …,” she said.

The two leaders said that should party members choose to retain Buthelezi as IFP president, and he accepts, they would be happy to serve under him, adding that Buthelezi has not indicated whether he would accept such a call as nomination process has not begun.

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