Mncwango ‘made big mistake’

2011-03-25 00:00

JUST three days after announcing her defection from Inkatha Freedom Party to the party’s arch-rivals, the National Freedom Party, Sanelisiwe Mncwango, the wife of IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango, yesterday made an about-turn, announcing she was “coming back home” to the IFP.

In a carefully worded letter from her lawyer and spokesperson, advocate R.V. Sibiya, Mncwango said that since joining the NFP, she had realised that her decision “was ill-thought through and ill-advised”.

“… I acted out of extreme anger. My sober judgment was impaired by my emotions, which resulted in the biggest mistake of my life,” Mncwango said.

The Witness broke the story of Mncwango’s defection to the NFP on Tuesday after she joined the party on Monday night.

At the time, Mncwango’s husband described the news as an “early April Fools’ joke”, but when the picture of her wearing an NFP T-shirt and signing the membership form appeared, he threatened that there would be serious repercussions.

In the letter, Mncwango said she has been resolutely committed to uplifting communities at grassroots level and believed she could only achieve that goal as a loyal servant and member of the IFP.

“It is against this background that I would hereby like to formally tender my immediate resignation from the NFP.

“I would like to unconditionally apologise to my husband, to my children and family for the pain and tension I have caused … I regret that my decision had caused so much negative publicity and damage to the image of the IFP.”

Sibiya said the decision was reached after a family meeting and no pressure was put on her.

NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said the party accepted Mncwango’s decision.

“She was never canvassed to join the party, but approached us of her own will.

“However, it would be regrettable if she was forced to reach the decision to leave the party as this will mean her right to freedom of choice had been violated,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

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