IFP supporters to fill city for ruling on VZ case

2011-01-17 00:00

THERE will be a heavy police presence — which could cause traffic disruptions — outside the high court in Pietermaritzburg today when judgment is handed down today in embattled IFP chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi application to prevent the party from expelling her for challenging the leadership.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police will try to ensure that activities can go on unhindered outside court. However, motorists can expect road closures in the vicinity.

Magwaza-Msibi’s application included a bid to force the party to hold a national elective conference, which has been postponed since 2009.

Magwaza-Msibi recently came out openly stating that she would stand for a leadership position.

When the matter was heard by Judge Chiman Patel in November he urged both sides to talk to each other and attempt to resolve their differences. Patel expressed his regret that people who were once party colleagues were divided. He felt for the sake of the IFP, there should be a meeting of minds during the court recess to reach an amicable solution.

However, at the November hearing both sides said the rift was too wide.

Since then the breakdown between the factions has grown more acrimonious with councillors alleged to be supporters of Magwaza-Msibi, like Umtshezi (Estcourt) Mayor Lymon Shelembe, being axed from their positions. The IFP has denied this was the reason, saying the councillors were not performing in their tasks at the municipalities.

The latest salvo against Magwaza-Msibi was a decision by the party hie­rarchy to prevent her taking part in its caucus in the KZN Legislature.

At the time the party insiders said that Magwaza-Msibi could not attend caucus meetings where confidential matters were discussed as she was no longer seen as “trustworthy” after she had set herself apart by taking the party to court and not attending party meetings.

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