Ineffective IFP seniors should go, say youth

2011-06-24 00:00

IN the wake of the resignation of Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi as Inkatha Freedom Party provincial secretary and leader of the official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, the IFP youth wing has called on all other “ineffective” IFP leaders in high-profile positions to resign immediately.

IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) national spokesperson Ntuthuko Majozi said this after Buthelezi announced his resignation from all the positions in order to pursue his medical career and further his studies.

Majozi said Buthelezi’s resignation pre-empted a recommendation recently made by the IFPYB for him to be asked to step down because he was ineffective.

“We are not surprised by Dr Buthelezi’s resignation as we heard these rumours long ago. The IFPYB has been very concerned about his performance as the leader of the official opposition as well as the secretary of the IFP in KZN.

“Under the leadership of Dr Buthelezi the voice of the opposition lost its robustness and eventually became silent. It is our belief as youth of the IFP that democracy needs a strong and loud opposition.”

Majozi added: “We would like to put on record that we, as the IFPYB, had already discussed this matter and had resolved to call for his removal as the leader of the official opposition after the dust from the local government elections had settled. In his resignation Dr Buthelezi was simply pre-empting this reality.”

In contrast to what Buthelezi had told The Witness on his resignation, the IFPYB outburst means his relationship with the IFP is no longer cordial.

However, Majozi welcomed Buthelezi’s contribution to the work of the IFP and said the party is looking forward to his continued service in other structures of the IFP.

Buthelezi denied he had been lured by the offer of a senior position with the KZN Department of Health as IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi had implied.

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