Shameem Rajbansi appointed MF leader

2012-01-19 12:07

Durban - Shameem Rajbansi, wife of the late Amichand Rajbansi, was announced on Thursday as the new leader of the Minority Front, the party her husband led.

"Mrs Rajbansi is the new leader of MF," party spokesperson Patrick Pillay said in Durban on Thursday morning.

The decision was made in a meeting on January 16, he said.

"The decision was taken by means of general consensus by all elected representatives and members of the MF."

Rajbansi, a veteran politician, died in December after a long stay in hospital.


Pillay said the appointment of the new MF leader was made easy by the fact that Rajbansi had developed an exit strategy.

The strategy was based on a method of succession involving training, observation and performance appraisals.

"This method has led to the smooth transition of the election of the new leader for the MF."

Addressing the media after she was announced as new MF leader, Rajbansi said her meeting her husband in 1998 had shaped her political life.

She sought to assure MF supporters that she would not disappoint them.

"My first mandate is to continue the vision, mission and aims of why my leader established the MF."

She said the process followed by the MF when choosing leaders was different from the one used by other political parties.

"We use a very traditional way which does not cause any chaos. Other parties can learn a lot from us. There was no lobbying."

  • Foc - 2012-01-19 12:14

    The family business lives on!!

  • John - 2012-01-19 12:21

    "Rajbansi had developed an exit strategy".... Sounds like a very democratic election to me....

      nshinga1 - 2012-01-19 13:32

      there was no succession plan in place. these people are trying to keep a dying party. A few weeks ago they didnt know who was to take over coz there were no suitable candidates.

  • ubhejane - 2012-01-19 12:32

    I have to mention this. Both MF and IFP were in a "coalition" with the Apartheids Government in the 80's. Funny how both those parties are still headed by the same people and the MF now replacing with late leader with his wife? The IFP has shown it can't lead and with the leader holding onto power in the manner he does, just makes me grateful that he never became the President of the country because we would have replaced one dictator with another. What I don't understand is surely there must be brilliant Indian guys that can take the MF to new heights, specially in these very trying days that we so desperately need an opposition or more opposition parties to challenge the looming dictatorship awaiting us?

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-19 12:52

      There are many brilliant Indian guys, that is why there is so little willing to lead the MF. They know it is a sinking ship. Many of the Indians has moved over to other parties. I don't think that they believe in the values of the MF any more.

      Foc - 2012-01-19 13:12

      I dont think the MF ever had a 'lift-off' let alone reach any heights ... so I am not sure to what "new heights" they can be taken too by these 'brilliant Indians'

      Freddie - 2012-01-19 14:27

      Ubhejane, you really are showing your ignorance. Rajbansi and the MF are simply the ANC by another name. A vote for them is in effect voting for the cANCer party.

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  • rodfor1435 - 2012-01-19 13:02

    The rest of the Indian people are more concerned about making a profit somewhere somehow....The MF has become a waste of time..........

  • TahirSema - 2012-01-19 13:10

    It is sad that the Minority Front (MF) is run like a "Tea Room" instead of a Democratic South African Political party. The MF is still stuck in the pre 1994 style of politics.

  • Zahed - 2012-01-19 13:46

    Typical, Indian style...Keep it in the family.. MF ...My Family....All the way. haha..

      David - 2012-01-19 14:40

      I thought MF is what teenagers say when swearing at each other..LOL. LIke hey, you MF..where is my money?

  • Phumi - 2012-01-19 14:14

    No one can call themselves a 'Minority Group' in this country of Mandela except the Bushman! The Minority Rights Group International (MRG) defines minorities as: "Minorities of concern to MRG are disadvantaged ethnic, national, religious, linguistic or cultural groups who are smaller in number than the rest of the population and who may wish to maintain and develop their identity. MRG also works with indigenous peoples."

  • Freddie - 2012-01-19 14:25

    We always knew the MF was a gravy trough for the Rajbansi's, this is a weak attempt to keep the gravy flowing. A vote for the MF is, and always has been, a vote for the ANC, with Raj and Co skimming a little off the top for themselves. What a waste of a vote for a useless, self interested "party".

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