IFP youth challenge ‘illegal’

2009-09-22 00:00

IFP deputy secretary of the eThekwini region Joshua Mazibuko said the party is distancing itself from statements made by expelled IFP youth brigade members in a meeting held in uMlazi on Sunday.

“We want to spell out that the so-called IFP youth meeting that was held at uMlazi yesterday (Sunday) was unconstitutional and illegal. Therefore, every word uttered there, or deed engaged in there has no effect on the IFP,” said Mazibuko.

“The meeting was never approved by this executive committee, he said. “We distance ourselves from all words and deeds which are unconstitutional, illegal, defamatory, rude and disruptive which some sections of the IFP Youth Brigade have engaged in. And we disown such elements as agent provocateurs whose objectives are to ensure the destruction of our party,” he added.

Three expelled youth members led a protest calling for transformation and vowed to continue to mobilise for change.

Said expelled youth member Irvin Barnes, “The IFP will continue to die if change does not take place. We are prepared to die for what we believe is supposed to happen in our party.”

He was with two other expelled youth wing members, Skhumbuzo Khanyeza and Simphiwe Buthelezi, who were addressing youth brigade members for the first time since they were kicked out earlier this year.

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