Mkhize denies ANC offered VZ position of MEC

2011-01-27 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party leaders have become victims of their own internal mud-slinging and it is nonsense that the African National Congress had offered the IFP’s former chairperson, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, the position of MEC

So said KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize yesterday.

He was responding to media reports and allegations made in an apparently leaked letter that alleged the ANC was behind the split and the formation of KaMagwaza-Msibi’s National Freedom Party (NFP) with the aim of encouraging mass defections from the IFP.

“The ANC has had a fair share of its own problems and we have dealt with those accordingly.

“The allegations are undermining our integrity. If KaMagwaza-Msibi had agreed to join the ANC she should have done so, not form another party.

“As to the position allegedly offered to her, that’s nonsense because as both premier and chairperson of the party, I would have known about such a matter. The IFP is IFP and it wouldn’t matter who led the party, we wouldn’t be bothered,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize said he is concerned that violence could break out in areas like Nongoma and Ulundi

He appealed to the IFP and NFP to embrace multi-party democracy and maintain stability in the run-up to the local government elections.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu urged his party and the IFP to unmask the originators of the leaked letter.

“It is very distressing and disingenuous of the IFP leadership, while knowing very well the reasons for Mrs KaMagwaza-Msibi’s departure from their ranks, to put the blame on the ANC,” said Mthembu in a statement.

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