IFP allows 3 youth leaders to rejoin

2010-10-05 00:00

THREE Inkatha Freedom Party youth leaders who were expelled for allegedly causing chaos within the party were accepted back in the party fold at the weekend after appealing for forgiveness and apologising to IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The acting national chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade, Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi, said the trio — Muzi Simelane, Mbokodo Mbatha and Simphiwe Zulu — apologised for their divisive activities “and the manner in which their ‘transformation programme’ was hijacked by people with ulterior motives”.

“The apology and sincere regret of this group of youth, for their actions which caused widespread disunity and chaos within the IFP, is indeed a watershed moment for the party…

“It is clear that these young men, who were leading figures in a so-called ‘transformation programme’, were misused by a few members of the IFP as part of a well-orchestrated political ploy which had very little to do with transformation. We are pleased that they have now seen the error of their ways and we welcome them back into the fold of the party,” Lebenya-Ntanzi said.

She added that the trio received the national council’s backing on their request “and we are pleased that the rift between the group of unruly youths and the party has now been resolved”.

Since the middle of last year the party has expelled several members who were part of a group that campaigned for change in the party leadership.


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