IFP closer to party voting

2012-01-17 00:00

THE IFP moved a step closer this weekend to holding its long-awaited elective conference.

The party’s national council, which met this weekend, decided that an extended national council meeting will take place on February 25, 2012. IFP insiders explained the extended national council, which is made up of all party structures, including the youth and the women’s brigade, would decide on a date for the elective conference take place.

The IFP was due to hold its elective conference in 2009, but this was continuously put off as the party struggled with its own succession battle. Since then the former national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, broke away to form her own party, the National Freedom Party.

IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi has indicated that he will not be standing for any leadership positions within the party.

Each time such announcements are made, there is speculation that the senior member was seen as a threat to party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Such speculation was again rife last week, when the party’s national organiser, Albert Mncwango, announced that he was stepping down from his position.

IFP deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said the announcement was premature and that a final decision would be taken at the national council meeting which was held over the weekend.

The decision has now been taken and The Witness learnt that Mncwango is no longer the IFP’s national organiser, and has been replaced by A.V. Mbango, a staff member who worked within the party’s offices and was involved in the party’s organising committee.

Mbango fits the profile of a technocrat that the party had said it wanted to appoint to the post rather than a politician.

Mncwango will remain an ordinary member of the IFP and a Member of Parliament. However, not being the national organiser means that he will no longer sit on the national executive committee.

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