Cosatu warns 'hands off Zanele'

Beleaguered leader's future now in doubt

COSATU in KwaZulu-Natal has warned the ANC against recruiting the beleaguered IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi.

Magwaza-Msibi's future in the IFP is doubtful following the dismissal of her case to force the party to hold an elective conference.

Cosatu has also warned Magwaza-Msibi against establishing her own political party.

Cosatu's provincial secretary Zet Luzipho yesterday dismissed allegations by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi that the ANC and its alliance partners were responsible for what is happening in the party.

"We wish to reiterate that neither the ANC nor Cosatu has anything to do with the shenanigans in the IFP. These were nothing but a by-product of the lack of internal democracy within the IFP," he said.

Luzipho said Cosatu had no say in what Magwaza-Msibi might do with her future after the judgment.

"We are quite worried that she might want to pursue a common though not well thought out decision and form her own party to contest the coming elections. Many others before her had and failed spectacularly," he said.

Luzipho mentioned Oupa Gqozo, Bantu Holomisa, Patricia de Lille, Mosiuoa Lekota, Ziba Jiyane and many others.

"Her choice or decision will have no impact on the ANC and the alliance as a whole. We will never recruit her or anyone to join the forces of change because we believe that it has to be a voluntary decision.

"The struggle for change and a better life for our people is a collective task and is not based on a personality cult," he said.

Luzipho said people must not think that establishing a political party based on their popularity meant that it would survive.

"We can advise Magwaza-Msibi to join the ANC but it is up to her to accept our advice or turn it down," Luzipho said.

"I will never join the ANC and must add that I have never held clandestine meetings with the party," Magwaza-Msibi said.

Magwaza-Msibi's supporters from KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Gauteng converged on Durban yesterday to map a way forward following her failure to force the IFP to hold an elective conference.

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