Leaders reject top spot

2009-10-26 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) national chair, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, will not stand for the post of party president when the party convenes its annual general conference in April next year.

In a statement released by the party following its national council meeting in Ulundi yesterday, the party said KaMagwaza-Msibi indicated that she will not be available to accept the nomination for the position of IFP president, either from the national council or from the floor of the conference.

However, KaMagwaza-Msibi’s availability for re-election to the chair would be supported should the party membership so desire. The conference will be held from April 23 to 25.

KaMagwaza-Msibi is one of the party leaders who has been publicly endorsed by factions of the IFP Youth Brigade to take over from Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The statement added that IFP secretary-general the Reverend Musa Zondi, who has also been endorsed to succeed Buthelezi by IFP Youth Brigade members, has repeatedly stated that he will not stand for party president.

“[The national council] urges Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi to continue to remain the unifying leader of the party and to ensure a smooth and democratic succession transition when the time is ripe, and will appreciate his consideration of the matter,” the statement said.

The meeting’s resolutions call on the party’s national organiser, Albert Mncwango, to ensure that all branches are re-established or membership verified; constituency and district structures are duly elected and delegates to the conference are properly identified as genuine.

It was also resolved that all IFP memberships be extended to June 30 next year and that a fiscal year in respect of party memberships in future be adopted to end on June 30 each year.

KaMagwaza-Msibi and Zondi, said the statement, have been tasked to work actively to rally behind Buthelezi and promote the unity of the party at constituency level.

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