Saturday, July 17, 2010

ANCYL slams Buthelezi for lack of leadership

Jul 17, 2010 12:45 PM | By Sapa
The ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal called on Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to provide leadership in the party instead of fuelling tension by taking sides in faction fighting.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Zanele Magwaza-Msibi
Photograph by: RAJESH JANTILAL

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"It is so disturbing that while everyone is excited by the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and preparing Tata Madiba's birthday the IFP is busy insulting, fighting and tearing each other apart," said ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo.

Buthelezi should rise above all the factions and be a father figure, he said.

Mtolo said the ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal did not care which faction won the elections to be held at the IFP's national conference in Ulundi on July 23.

Lobbying for the elections has divided IFP supporters into those supporting national chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi for the position of president and those behind Buthelezi, who is the party's existing president.

Mtolo said the infighting was bringing shame on KwaZulu-Natal.

He urged the youth not to get involved in any violence.

On Saturday, Magwaza-Msibi's supporters are expected to march in Durban to express their dissatisfaction at her treatment by the party and its leaders, who do not want her to stand.

"We are expecting thousands of people to take part in the march. We will have people from the whole of KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Eastern Cape," said organiser Mzonjani Zulu.

Zulu is one of eight IFP district leaders whose court application to compel the party not to postpone its elective conference was dismissed with costs in the Durban High Court on Friday.

The court also dismissed their application to stop the Buthelezi from bringing disciplinary action against members backing Magwaza-Msibi.

Zulu said more than 50 IFP members backing Magwaza-Msibi had either been expelled or suspended for openly backing her.

Magwaza-Msibi was expected to face an internal inquiry on Saturday after the party raised concerns that she had failed to rebuke her backers.

"They (IFP) leaders are doing everything to ensure that she does not stand," Zulu said

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Comments by Sonny

Is this not a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

If only the ANCYL had a real leader, then they could criticise the IFP!

Dr Buthelezi at least has morals!

Will general Cele deploy the SAPS to protect IFP delegates?

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