IFP leader faces axe

2010-11-22 00:00

A SENIOR Inkatha Freedom Party leader could face being axed from the party for something she wrote on Facebook more than a year ago.

IFP Women’s Brigade national chairperson Thembi Nzuza confirmed in an interview with The Witness that she has been asked to appear before the disciplinary committee on December 4 for a comment she made on Facebook about troubles facing her party.

“In November last year I visited Sweden on a leadership course. On my return I unconsciously commented to my Facebook friend about how much I had learnt from the trip and said it was a pity that I could not implement what I had learnt because my party was facing a crisis.

“I was later questioned about that by leaders in the national council and I explained that I meant no harm about the comment and I apologised.

“I was surprised when I was informed that I am now being hauled before a disciplinary committee for that incident, more than a year after it happened,” Nzuza said.

The disciplinary action comes in the wake of a spate of expulsions of IFP members perceived to be supporters of the embattled IFP national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, who has taken the IFP to court after it instituted an inquiry against her.

Last month the IFP’s political oversight committee removed Nzuza from the IFP caucus leader position in eThekwini.

She would not say whether her removal was because she is perceived to be a Magwaza-Msibi supporter, but she confirmed that she is a personal friend of Magwaza-Msibi “and I respect her as my senior leader”.

Nzuza, who is also a member of the IFP national executive committee (NEC), confirmed that she has been absent from several NEC meetings due to ill health. She denied she is intentionally boycotting these meetings and said she has been a loyal member of the party.

The IFP national organiser reportedly confirmed the disciplinary action against Nzuza.




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