IFP youth leaders pull out of race

2008-12-21 00:00

the IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) resolved a threatened leadership tussle at its conference by calling on the two contestants, Irvin Barnes and Thulasizwe Buthelezi, to pull out of the race.

Both men were asked to issue a joint statement on Friday, the eve of the conference, announcing their withdrawal from the race for leadership of the IFPYB.

The statement said: “We have taken this decision in the interest of party unity and we believe that it is our patriotic duty to place the interest of our party above our personal interests”.

According to sources, this led to disgruntlement by young people wanting change and for the party to modernise its image. They said there were minor disruptions and an incident of drunken behaviour by dissatisfied delegates.

In his opening address, Mangosuthu Buthelezi spelt out why the contestants were asked to withdraw. “We could not countenance plans to bus people to this conference who had not been card-carrying members of the Youth Brigade before the conference as happened in 2004 during the election of a national chairperson.

“Rumours about money that has exchanged hands and renting a crowd style of arrangements were features of these activities, which included the involvement of the ANC in talks.”

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