IFP women to elect leaders at weekend

2011-03-25 00:00

THE women of the Inkatha Freedom Party will this weekend hold a three-day elective conference amid views that women within the party are in a prison without walls and must be liberated.

The IFP Women’s Brigade’s (IFPWB) three-day conference is scheduled to take place at Mandleni/Matleng Camp in Ulundi from today until Sunday.

Announcing the conference, the brigade’s acting national chairperson, Thembeni KaMadlopha Mthethwa, said IFP women are expected to plot the way forward for the revival of the party “in the aftermath of ructions which rocked the party and repercussions we still suffer”.

KaMadlopha Mthethwa is expected to emerge on Sunday as the new national chairperson of the women’s brigade.

“We intend to emerge from the conference with a new and vibrant leadership” and strategies to win all the municipalities under the IFP as well as win some from political opposition,” KaMahlopha Mthethwa said in a statement.

The IFPWB recently suffered a heavy blow when its national chairperson, Theresa Thembi Nzuza, defected to the ANC. She claimed that she was being ill-treated by the male leadership within the party. In an open letter to IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, she likened the IFP to a “prison without walls” for women in the party.


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