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'Don't jump the gun'

By Canaan Mdletshe | Sep 23, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE national executive committee of the Inkatha Freedom Party has called on its members to "stop jumping the gun" by nominating individuals for party president.

IFP deputy general-secretary Themba Msimang, pictured, said yesterday that they had noted reports that members of the party and the public were speculating on and proposing names for nomination.

"The IFP would like to state that all those who are making nominations for this position are jumping the gun.

"We would like to remind the public and our members that the IFP is guided by its constitution, which stipulates clearly how nominations for this position are made," he said.

Msimang said once the date of the IFP's elective conference was announced, the NEC would advise members and all party structures on the process to follow in nominating candidates for leadership positions.

"The IFP calls on its members to desist from bypassing the party's democratic processes, which is in violation of the constitution and spirit of the IFP," he said.

On Sunday, former national chairperson Lionel Mtshali publicly endorsed Musa Zondi to take over from Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Mtshali said he knew of no other person, other than Zondi, who could lead the party. This was viewed by many people as a nomination.


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