RESOLUTIONS OF THE IFP NATIONAL COUNCIL
Ulundi: 14th November 2010
The IFP National Council met in Ulundi on Saturday and Sunday, 13- 14 November 2010, and adopted the following resolutions.
1. MISLEADING STATEMENTS BY THE IFP NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON IN THE MEDIA
Having taken note of an article in today’s Ilanga in which the IFP National Chairperson, Mrs Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi MPL, calls on her supporters to stop referring to her as the President of the IFP because Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP is still the President until the elective Annual General Conference and that it doesn’t matter whether they select the current incumbent President or Reverend Musa Zondi MP, as long as it is done in a democratic manner, the IFP National Council resolves:
- to condemn the comments made by the IFP National Chairperson as mischievous, in view of the fact that the IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP has not yet indicated whether he is willing to consider the National Council’s request to continue leading the Party, and IFP Secretary-General Reverend Musa Zondi MP has declared himself unavailable to lead the Party;
- to call on the National Chairperson to refrain from making utterances in the media, which amount to deliberate disinformation aimed at confusing the support base of the IFP and causing further division and disunity within the Party.
2. MISREPRESENTATION OF FACTS IN THE MEDIA
Further noting media reports on Thursday and in today’s Ilanga portraying the court case between Mrs Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi MPL and the IFP as a personal battle between the IFP National Chairperson and the IFP President; and misrepresenting the numbers of IFP supporters versus those of the “Friends of VZ”, the IFP National Council resolves:
- to condemn these reports as further propaganda and misinformation against the Party as the court case by kaMagwaza-Msibi, Mcoyi and others sought relief against the Party and not against IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi;
- to further condemn the deliberate distortion of the numbers of IFP supporters present at the Pietermaritzburg High Court as being less than that of the “Friends of VZ”, when the truth of the matter is that the genuine and loyal IFP supporters far outnumbered those of the “Friends of VZ”;
- to call upon the media to exercise caution and sensitivity in reporting on these matters of grave importance and to adhere to the principles of responsible journalism at all times.
Reverend Musa Zondi MP, the IFP Secretary-General and National Spokesperson, 083 440 5966.