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By Canaan Mdletshe | Feb 08, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANOTHER staunch supporter of IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has been given the boot by the party.

Former IFP eThekwini chairperson Muzi Simelane was expelled on Friday.

Other IFP youth leaders expelled for supporting Magwaza-Msibi are Skhumbuzo Khanyeza, Irvin Barnes and Simphiwe Buthelezi, who has since died and was buried on Saturday last week.

IFP eThekwini regional chairperson Mduduzi Nkosi said the party had decided to expel Simelane after he refused to appear before the party's disciplinary committee.

Simelane was given a three-year membership suspension by the eThekwini leadership in November last year after he was found guilty of contravening the IFP constitution.

His crime was that he contravened a resolution of the party's national council by publicly nominating Magwaza-Msibi as his preferred candidate to replace party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and for "disrupting the IFP meeting in uMlazi".

Nkosi said the disciplinary committee of the IFP had no option but to expel Simelane with immediate effect.

"We were hoping that he would see his mistakes and repent. Unfortunately, he continued to do the very things for which he had been suspended - making provocative and irresponsible public statements that showed disrespect to the party and its leadership."

He said as a result of his behaviour the disciplinary committee summoned him to answer the new charges.

"Unfortunately, he refused. Then the DC met in his absence and, having deliberated on his case, arrived at a verdict that he should be expelled."

Simelane came out with guns blazing, saying he will not accept the ruling.

"I can't be expelled from the party by a few individuals who are (Musa) Zondi's friends.

"Last year I was also expelled but the district council, which elected me, convened a meeting and said I should continue serving them and I did that.

"So it will be the members who will decide my fate and not these individuals," he said.


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