Magwaza-Msibi joins legislature

IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, who was yesterday sworn in as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, says she will continue working for the betterment of the people's lives.

Magwaza-Msibi was moved to the legislature after more than 10 years as a Zululand district mayor in a move that threatened to divide the party.

During her swearing-in a handful of her backers gathered outside the legislature building and carried placards showing their unwavering support, some of which said: "From the mayor to MPL to President."

"I have served the party well wherever it deployed me and will continue doing the same," Magwaza-Msibi said.

"Making a difference and leaving a mark in people's lives has always been my dedication and I will continue to work hard and be a loyal servant of the people."

In response to allegations by party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi that the municipality had issued tenders to individuals to destabilise the IFP, she said: "I am proud of my record and the auditors will confirm that."

Meanwhile, the Zululand municipality will host a farewell ceremony for Magwaza-Msibi.

Municipality spokesperson Chris Sosibo said Magwaza-Msibi's contribution to the development of the region was "well-documented and will be cherished and remembered for years to come".

He said: "Her charisma and hands-on approach will be sadly missed by the masses who filled the venues whenever she attended functions or during ward visitations."

He said that during her time as mayor the municipality had always received unqualified audit reports.