Zulu axed for attacks on IFP council

2010-09-01 00:00

THE INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) has expelled its Durban North Central constituency chairperson, Mzonjani Zachariah Zulu, for bringing the party into disrepute after he organised two marches against the IFP national council.

IFP provincial secretary Dr Bonginkosi Buthelezi confirmed yesterday that Zulu was “expelled with immediate effect” after a hearing held on Monday where he faced three counts of violating the IFP’s constitution.

Zulu was among eight IFP leaders who unsuccessfully tried to secure a Durban High Court interdict to force the IFP to hold an elective conference in July this year.

After the unsuccessful court action, Zulu led hundreds of IFP supporters in a march in Durban.

An ardent supporter of national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, he organised another march to the IFP headquarters in Durban two weeks ago, calling for transformation in the party to be speeded up and for an elective conference to be held.

He threatened that the eThekwini district of the IFP would embark on rolling mass action until an elective conference was held.

Buthelezi said Zulu had acted in a manner that is “grossly unacceptable for any leader at any level within the IFP”.

“… He dragged the IFP’s name through the mud in the media and embarked on a campaign of sowing disunity, sectarianism and disruption within the party.”

Buthelezi said the PDC reviewed Zulu’s conduct, his utterances in undermining the IFP’s provincial office and his unrepentant attitude in leading two marches, and found him guilty of contravening the IFP’s constitution.

“The committee resolved that his transgressions were of such a serious nature that it warranted expulsion from the party with immediate effect,” Buthelezi said.

In an interview with The Witness after an announcement of his expulsion, Zulu said he does not recognise the decision as he was not party to it.

“We as the leadership of the IFP in eThekwini district don’t recognise this PDC. On Sunday we are going to hold a press conference at Dalton Hostel in Durban whereby we will be announcing our next step on the ongoing conflict within the IFP,” Zulu said.

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