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IFP wrath, split LEAD TO COURT

By Canaan Mdletshe | Jul 13, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Durban high court will on Thursday hear an application by IFP officials who want to stop the party's leaders from suspending members ahead of the July 23 elective conference.

Eight district leaders last week applied for an interdict to stop their bosses from taking disciplinary action against people backing IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi to become IFP president.

The IFP has already expelled several youth leaders as well as those they believed are linked to the Friends of VZ group.

Wiseman Mcoyi, who was recently suspended for publicly endorsing Magwaza-Msibi as the new leader, said though he could not divulge much information on the merits of the matter before the court, they wanted the court to protect the members from the wreath of other leaders.

"The IFP needs a new leadership to survive the stormy weather," Wiseman said.

"Members of the party at grassroots level need a change because the current leadership is in tatters.

"The current NEC does not know whether it is going forward or backward and when people raise concerns they are suspended, which is why we approached the court."

Mcoyi also described it as "unfortunate" circumstances that Buthelezi is failing to handle the democratic exercise of lobbying.

"Instead of accepting that there should be open lobbying, they opt for being defensive and act in a fashion that is uncalled for in a democratic environment.

"You can't keep on shutting down people who are exercising their democratic right and acting within the confines of the constitution."

Mcoyi also accused senior party leaders of "taking advantage of his vulnerability and ageing" to the benefit of heir own personal agendas.

He said they hoped the court ruling would squash attempts to suspend Magwaza-Msibi before the all-important elective conference next Friday.

IFP deputy national secretary Thulasizwe Buthelezi confirmed that the conference would continue as planned.


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