Infighting continues to haunt IFP youth

THE divisions within the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade are continuing.

This despite the youth group's national executive council saying they have set aside their differences and are now supporting the party leadership.

A faction within the youth brigade yesterday denied that all was well in its midst, saying that no such truce had been struck.

The IFPYB national executive council met for the first time at the weekend with leaders in the party's provincial executive council after recent protests from the youth calling for senior leaders to call it a day.

This led to the expulsion of some youth leaders.

IFPYB national secretary Nhlanhla Hadebe said yesterday that at the weekend meeting it had been resolved that "all youth should work towards preparing for an elective conference" by ensuring that all branches are in good standing to be ready for the local government elections in 2011.

"We discussed the strategy of mobilisation, like visiting of provinces as well as branches. We resolved that we need to be hands on this time around," Hadebe said.

"The youth brigade is fully behind the leadership of president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the current NEC.

"It was only a few individuals who were making the calls for transformation and, if one could visit the districts, they talk a different language than the one from those who wanted change," Hadebe said.

But acting KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Bheki Mngwengwe denied that they have changed their tune.

"This is divisive. The issue of transformation was not discussed in that meeting and it is wrong for people to go public and say things that were not even discussed," Mngwengwe said.

He said the issues discussed revolved around how the youth brigade should prepare for the local government elections in 2011.

"We also highlighted, among other things, the importance of creating a platform for young people to debate issues within the party.

"We feel that it is vital that such a platform is available so that young people would be able to extensively engage on issues."

He added that the IFP was a federal party and should get a mandate from the grassroots level before a decision was taken.