Mcoyi lashes out at IFP after ousting of mayors

2010-07-07 00:00

IN an unprecedented attack yesterday, expelled former Inkatha Freedom Party MPL Wiseman Mcoyi, has described the IFP head office as a “garbage room filled with maladies of dishonesty” following recent devel­op­ments that saw two of its mayors in uThukela ousted last week.

Mcoyi was expelled by the IFP national council in May after leading a march in Pietermaritzburg in support of IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, after she had been asked to stand down as mayor of the Zululand District Municipality and deployed as an MPL in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

Last week the IFP’s political oversight committee wrote to two of its mayors, Maliyakhe Shelembe of uMtshezi Municipality and Vikikhaya Richard Mlotshwa of Okhahlamba Municipality — both of whom support Magwaza-Msibi — asking them to step down.

In an open letter to IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, which was also sent to The Witness, the Hammarsdale-born politician said the IFP head office was “like a place of garbage because it is filled with corruption, theft, adultery” and other “dirt”.

“If at all I had miraculous powers, I would have magically whisked away my ex-leader, whom I still adore so much, removing him from that skorokoro [wrecked car] team …”

Mcoyi appealed to Buthelezi “to remove himself from the quagmire infested with crocodiles and insects that are dangerous to human beings”.

“Your respective supporters are waiting for you and they still love you,” Mcoyi said.

Mcoyi is one of many IFP leaders who had been expelled for publicly voicing their support for Magwaza-Msibi to take over the leadership of the party after the retirement of Buthelezi.

He accused the IFP of having been infiltrated by a caste system and becoming “proud custodians of apartheid at the same time”.

The party’s national spokesperson, the Reverend Musa Zondi, said Mcoyi is no longer an IFP member and that he is bitter about that.

“Last week he wrote to UmAfrika newspaper declaring he is heartsore because he was expelled from the party,” Zondi said.

“If someone is heartsore, he can say anything … If a someone has been rejected by a girlfriend or vice-versa, a lot of bad things are said.”

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