Mkhize denies meetings with ‘VZ’

2011-02-18 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize dismissed Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s accusations that he secretly met former IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and that she was offered an MEC position.

During the parliamentary debate on President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address on Tuesday, Buthelezi launched a strongly worded attack on Zuma and the ruling party, accusing them of fomenting divisions within the IFP. He referred to a meeting that allegedly took place between Mkhize and Magwaza-Msibi.

“Buthelezi accused me of having meetings with KaMagwaza Msibi. For the record, this is a lie. Those who reported to Shenge [Buthelezi] knew they were lying to him. There have never been any such meetings.

“There are no meetings planned and there was never any attempt for such meetings.

“It pains me when a leader we respect is told such untruths and he has to make a public statement based on incorrect information,” Mkhize said.

He also dismissed allegations that Magwaza-Msibi was offered and MEC position in return of her joining the ANC.

“This is scurrilous garbage and the documents are the work of disinformation peddlers who knew the IFP would believe them. The ANC, for the record, has no knowledge of such, nor was there ever any such offer.

“The national executive committee does not interview any person in preparation for appointment as MEC,” said Mkhize

He also denied that the ANC is involved in inciting internal divisions within the IFP, which he backed with documents released to parliament.

“The allegations are an insult to the ANC and if they were made to a private persona, a lawsuit would be won in court.

“I have had sight of these documents — all I can say is that the IFP can at least consider that we can write correct spelling. No forensic investigation is necessary to prove that they are a fake.

“The sad part is that they are believed by the IFP leaders, yet they serve to tear their party apart … My advice is that the IFP has a lot of people to distrust, but President Zuma is not one of them,” declared Mkhize.

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