‘IFP seniors to quit’

2011-01-28 00:00

HIGH-PROFILE Inkatha Freedom Party leaders, including MPs, MPLs and mayors across KwaZulu-Natal, are set to leave the party and join the newly formed National Freedom Party led by its former chairperson, Zanele “VZ” Magwaza-Msibi.

The Witness was reliably informed by some mayors in IFP-controlled municipalities who asked not to be named for the time being, that they are set to leave the IFP shortly before the local government elections and join the NFP.

A source said there are also some MPs and MPLs who are prepared to cross to the NFP but are afraid to lose their positions should they announce their intentions, and are now pinning their hopes on the opening of the floor-crossing window period, expected to open later this year.

Another top IFP leader who spoke to The Witness and asked not to be named confirmed that she will soon leave the IFP and cross over to Magwaza-Msibi’s party.

“I have always supported the national chairperson and believe in her leadership qualities.

“Lack of democracy within the IFP and their lack of respect for women leadership is what is compelling me to move from the IFP. It’s an embarrassment for me to continue calling myself an IFP member after the way they treated my fellow woman leader,” she said.

NFP spokesperson Thokozani Zulu confirmed that there are a number of high-profile IFP leaders who the new party is planning to parade as soon as they have joined.

“People will be surprised because these are senior people from all levels.

“We cannot reveal names for the time being as we want their introduction to be strategic and to have maximum impact,” Zulu added.

He said the recruitment drive for the NFP is also proceeding rapidly because “people are queuing to join wherever we go”.

The IFP’s secretary-general and national spokesperson, Rev. Musa Zondi, declined to comment and said the party will issue a statement once its members publicly cross the floor.

Zondi also declined to comment on the exodus of Zululand councillors to the NFP, which happened during the introduction of the party in Zululand on Wednesday.

Meanwhile yesterday Magwaza-Msibi continued criss-crossing parts of the country introducing the new party.



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