THE ANC and its alliance partner, Cosatu, are trying to woo beleaguered IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi into the party's ranks.
On Saturday Cosatu's Zet Luzipho said Magwaza-Msibi was being ill-treated in the IFP and should join the ANC.
"Everybody can see that this woman is being abused because she is powerful and wise. But we want to let her know that the ANC is the only party where powerful women are respected and we call her to come back home and join the ANC," Luzipho said at the ANC's 98th anniversary celebration in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal.
His sentiments were echoed by ANC NEC member and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.
"She must know that we love her and she must come back home to the ANC. She is being ill-treated in the IFP," Sexwale said.
Magwaza-Msibi has been at loggerheads with certain IFP leaders who believe she has ambitions to take over from the party's aged leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
These leaders are in favour of Buthelezi's protégé, Musa Zondi, taking the reins of the party.
Youth leaders who canvassed for her as a presidential candidate have since been expelled from the party.
Since last November Magwaza-Msibi has been keeping a low profile. She is not at work at the Zululand district municipality.
Insiders said she was "sick" and her phone had been switched off since early this year.