IFP woos six councillors

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Inkatha Freedom Party chairman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has lambasted the floor-crossing legislation despite her party gaining in what she called a "silly season" of politics in South Africa.

The IFP welcomed six councillors, three from Nadeco, two from the ANC and one from the Minority Front during the floor-crossing window period.

The defectors are Raveen Nankoomar, formerly of the MF, Seze Tobias Gumede, Mbongeni Myeni and Senzo Masuku, all from Nadeco, Bongiwe Zwane and Jabulani Ngwenya, both from the ANC.

Speaking at a press conference in Durban yesterday, Magwaza-Msibi said the party was opposed to the floor-crossing legislation.

"We are opposed to it because it allows political parties, without the mandate of even a single vote, to be founded. Indeed, it enables the very same political party a free ride into legislatures and councils throughout the land," she said.

She said the sad reality was that the practice was rife among opposition and minority parties.

"Some political parties owe their existence to floor crossing, without which they would be non-starters, while other parties have been destroyed.

"The IFP finds itself in an invidious position," she said.

"The IFP is facing a total ANC onslaught in KwaZulu-Natal," she added.

Former ANC councillor Ngwenya said he jumped ship because of the in-fighting within the ANC.