THE ANC Women's League in KwaZulu-Natal has condemned the redeployment of IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi from mayor of Zululand district municipality to the provincial legislature.
After weeks of denials the IFP confirmed on Sunday that Magwaza-Msibi would be redeployed.
ANCWL provincial chairperson Lungi Gcabashe yesterday called on "all forces in the IFP who believe in a truly equal society to jump ship".
"There is only one conclusion to be drawn from the IFP's decision to redeploy its chairperson, which is that there is no place for women in the IFP," Gcabashe said.
"After tiptoeing around the subject for a week, the IFP finally made the announcement despite the membership wishes for Magwaza-Msibi to remain in her position".
Gcabashe said the decision gives credence to the long-held suspicion that there is a ceiling for women among IFP ranks.
"Scores of brilliant women have disappeared in the IFP or left the party over the past decade," she said. "They cited a lack of support and mentorship, limited room for growth and a general lack of respect."
Gcabashe said there were other aspiring young IFP leaders, such as Sibusisiwe Ngubane, Linda Hlongwa and Zandile Myeni, who "hit the ceiling too fast as did many women before them".