IFP youth challenge finger pointing

2009-09-05 00:00

THE acting chairwoman of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Youth Brigade, Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi, said the party’s poor showing in the April 22 elections should not be blamed entirely on the national leadership.

Speaking to Weekend Witness yesterday, Lebenya-Ntanzi said election committees made up of the party’s constituency offices and districts are also to blame.

Regarding the recent protests calling for transformation in leadership as a result of the elections, Lebenya-Ntanz­i said she is baffled by the call from some youth quarters to blame all the IFP leaders, especially those at grassroots level, for the party’s poor results.

She urged the youth brigade members to wait for the elective conference, to be held later this year, to air their grievances.

Meanwhile, the IFP’s Gauteng provincial council met on Thursday and declared itself united in support of the current IFP leadership and its leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Said Bonginkosi Dhlamini, the IFP Gauteng spokesman,“We have resolved that we will not support any deliberate campaign to unseat the IFP’s democratically electe­d leadership and we want to reiterate that the IFP in Gauteng stands behind our president and our party leaders as resolute as ever.”

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