IFP: former organiser expelled

2012-08-06 00:00

EPHRAIM Sipho Mbatha, a member of parliament for the Inkatha Freedom Party in KZN, has resigned amid allegations of disloyalty.

In a statement, the IFP national council, which met in Ulundi at the weekend, said it was forced to accept the offer made by Mbatha, a former deputy national organiser of the party, to resign with effect from the end of July.

The council also resolved to expel Mbatha from the party with immediate effect.

The party’s spokesperson, Joshua Mazibuko, would not expand on allegations that Mbatha had been accused of being disloyal to the party and of using IFP resources to assist someone who was canvassing support for another political party.

It was also alleged that he had discredited the IFP and had promoted disloyalty in the party among some members. Mbatha was given the chance to refute the allegations at the national council but he apparently failed twice to attend the council’s meetings, the last of which was on August 4.

Mbatha failed to attend his hearing or the national council meeting to state his case.

The case proceeded in his absence and he was expelled.

At the time of going to press The Witness was unable to contact Mbatha. — WR.

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