‘VZ’ still seeking mandate

2011-01-24 00:00

EMBATTLED Inkatha Freedom Party chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has made it clear that she is not prepared to “humiliate” herself by appearing before the IFP national council’s disciplinary hearing scheduled for this weekend.

Speaking on SAfm yesterday morning and to weekend newspapers, Magwaza-Msibi said she sees no need to appear before the disciplinary hearing because the party has already “carried out what amounts to a constructive dismissal against me”.

The IFP national chairperson is being hauled before the disciplinary hearing, scheduled for Saturday, following the go-ahead it received when the high court in Pietermaritzburg last week rejected her application to have it set aside.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, Magwaza-Msibi rejected IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s statement last week that he is willing to reconcile with her “if an opportunity presents itself”.

She said she can only consider reconciliation if there is a genuine offer and it “involves bringing back all those IFP leaders and members who have been expelled or suspended on the assumption they supported me”.

“It’s not that I am not prepared to go before the disciplinary hearing; it’s only that I don’t see a need as it is clear that I would be humiliated because there are clear indications that a decision was taken a long time ago.

“On reconciliation, they [the IFP leadership] are speaking in different tongues as B.T. Buthelezi [the IFP KZN secretary] said relations between the IFP and myself were ‘irretrievable’.

“I have tried reconciliation before with the Prince of KwaPhindangene, but my attempts were rejected.

“ I can only speak reconciliation with them if they retained those who had been expelled or suspended on the assumption that they are my supporters. It will be unfair if the reconciliation involved myself only while a lot of people have been expelled in my name …”

Magwaza-Msibi denied widespread speculation that she will tender her resignation tomorrow and announce the formation of a “National Freedom Party” as an alternative to the IFP.

“I respect the people and strongly believe in consultation.

“Immediately after the court ruling, I started meeting with my supporters and communities to get their mandate on what should be my next move. I am still in that process and an announcement will be made on Tuesday,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

Magwaza-Msibi is expected to hold a press conference at the Durban City Hall tomorrow to make a statement on her political future.

She met the KwaBhanya and Mondlo communities near Vryheid at the weekend and plans to visit her supporters outside KwaZulu-Natal before the end of this week.

Zanele Magwaza-Msibi

It will be unfair if the reconciliation involved myself only …

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