Magwaza-Msibi sworn in

2010-04-29 00:00

TRAFFIC came to a standstill in Langalibalele Street yesterday as hundreds of Inkatha Freedom Party supporters protested the deployment to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature of the party’s national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

Yesterday Magwaza-Msibi, who has been the Zululand District Municipality mayor for the past 12 years, was sworn in by speaker Neliswa Nkonyeni as IFP’s newest MPL.

The party’s political oversight committee (POC) decided to deploy her to the legislature after the death of MPL inkosi Nyanga Ngubane late last year.

As Magwaza-Msibi was being sworn in inside the speaker’s boardroom, hundreds of her supporters swarmed outside the legislature, singing songs of support.

They were carrying four giant banners bearing her face and declaring, “Zanele KaMagwaza is the next IFP president — 2010 winner”, “From councillor to MPL and to the next IFP president” and “IFP next president.”

The protesters complained that the party leadership deployed her without consulting its supporters on the ground. They said they believe this was done to distance her from her grassroots support base, following a reported power struggle between her and IFP general secretary, Reverend Musa Zondi.

Magwaza-Msibi and Zondi were lrecently in the running to replace IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi when he retires. The pair have since turned down their nomination to the candidacy ahead of the party’s elective conference, which will be held at the end of next month.

Former MPL Wiseman Mcoyi declared yesterday’s march to be the launch of a campaign to make Magwaza-Msibi the next IFP president.

However, she reiterated to the media after being sworn in that she will decline the nomination as a presidential candidate and that she will only accept nomination for election as national chairperson.




Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.