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GROWING chaos could plunge the 35-year-old IFP into a deadly tailspin a week before its watershed elective congress on July 23 in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal.
Sowetan has learnt that the party wants to suspend its national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, a favourite to replace ageing Mangosuthu Buthelezi, at the conference.
Our source, who was at a tense, extended national executive committee meeting on Saturday, said Magwaza-Msibi was grilled by the party leadership.
The source also revealed that the senior leadership came to the meeting armed with certain resolutions, but could not implement them when it became clear Magwaza-Msibi enjoyed huge support and is "likely to oust Buthelezi".
"The NEC took a decision to haul her before a disciplinary hearing on Sunday and chances are she will be suspended after that meeting. Her sin is her failure to take action against members of Friends of VZ," said our source.
The source also revealed that Buthelezi wanted to know why Magwaza-Msibi was supported by so many people within the ranks of the party.
"In tears, Magwaza-Msibi responded by saying that she did not choose to be loved by members. She attributed her popularity to her sterling work as mayor of Zululand.
She expressed her unhappiness about the manner in which she was removed from her mayoral position before her term expired.
"It was clear that the party was divided into two camps - one supporting Magwaza-Msibi and the other who want Buthelezi to continue leading," said our source.
Buthelezi apparently told the meeting that he had not yet made up his mind whether to continue leading the party or relinquish the position he held for the past 35 years.
Our source said that it was decided to continue the meeting.
IFP national deputy chairperson Velaphi Ndlovu said they had resolved to "inculcate discipline" in members. He added that there should be no "insults and tensions" leading up to the elective conference.