THE IFP axed their Eastern Cape provincial organiser Nyaniso Mfihlo on Wednesday night.
Mfihlo was expelled for "dishonesty and inciting" people to snub party meetings called by members of parliament in the province.
Mfihlo, a wellknown supporter of national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, pictured, is the first Eastern Cape leader to feel the wrath of the senior leadership.
He told Sowetan yesterday that he was suspended on February 9, and after appearing before a disciplinary hearing, he was axed on Wednesday night.
He was charged with dishonestly after taking money from the people of Eastern Cape on August 14 under the pretext that he was going to help them and in that on April 10 he had incited people not to attend the party's gathering in that province.
He was given 24 hours to leave the premises and hand over all keys and equipment to the party.
"I am going to appeal against the dismissal because the charges are untrue and baseless.
"I am a victim of this rebellion against the national chairperson. I have done so much for the party since I joined in 2008. The IFP seems to forget that they had no branches in Eastern Cape until I canvassed for it, with Magwaza-Msibi.
"Today, we have 12 branches at eNgcobo, three in uMthatha and another three in King William's Town. Also, the party has forgotten that Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi addressed the first-ever rally in Eastern Cape since the party's formation because people now believe in the IFP and no longer see it as a violent movement," Mfihlo said.
Mfihlo was also instrumental in organising for 11 traditional leaders from Eastern Cape to visit the Zululand district municipality.
IFP provincial secretary Bonginkosi Buthelezi referred all queries to national organiser Albert Mncwango.
When Sowetan contacted him for comment, Mncwango said he was in a meeting.