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Zanele's 'friends' fear for their lives

By Mhlaba Memela | Feb 01, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

SUPPORTERS of IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi claim their lives are in danger after publicly showing their dissatisfaction over her redeployment to the provincial legislature.

Magwaza-Msibi was the mayor of Zululand.

IFP leader and Women's Brigade chairperson Thembi Nzuza, a loyal supporter of Magwaza-Msibi, escaped death last week when unknown men fired several shots at her home at Umlazi.

IFP members claim Nzuza' s attack was instigated by people who fear changes in the party.

Nzuza is among top IFP leaders accused, along with Magwaza-Msibi, of supporting renegade IFP Youth Brigade leaders who were the first to call for leadership changes last year.

Four Youth Brigade leaders - Skhumbuzo Khanyeza, Irvin Barnes, Simphiwe Buthelezi and Hlengiwe Mthiyane - were expelled by the party's NEC last year.

Mthiyane later apologised to party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and her membership was reinstated. Khanyeza, Barnes and Buthelezi vowed to fight their dismissals to the bitter end.

Simphiwe Buthelezi died last week and was buried on Saturday.

IFP leaders were conspicuous by their absence at his funeral and did not even send condolences to his family.

Instead, party leaders, including Mangosuthu Buthelezi, attended MPL Thulasizwe Buthelezi's wedding - with whom he actually only shares a common surname.

Simphiwe Buthelezi, on the other hand, was Mangosuthu Buthelezi's blood relative.


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