RESOLUTIONS OF THE IFP NATIONAL COUNCIL
ULUNDI : 22-23 November 2009
The IFP National Council met in Ulundi on 22–23 November 2009 and unanimously adopted the following resolutions:
RESOLUTION 1: THE IFP NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON
Noting the ongoing media speculation surrounding the internal developments in the IFP ahead of the upcoming elective conference, National Council has resolved:
- to refute the perception that IFP National Chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is being persecuted within the party;
- to reject speculation, wherever it may originate from, that the IFP National Chairperson has been under pressure to decline her candidacy for the party presidency before or during the upcoming elective conference;
- to call upon those sections of the party that are waging a campaign of destabilisation and disunity in the name of the National Chairperson to stop forthwith or face the full might of the IFP Constitution and its provisions against the lack of party discipline; and
- to refocus the internal debate and energy in the party ahead of the elective conference away from personalities towards the urgent task of renewing existing and establishing new branches.
RESOLUTION 2: COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENT LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Noting the media speculation that certain IFP Mayors are being targeted for removal from office for their alleged support for the IFP National Chairperson, the IFP National Council has resolved:
- to continue to act against maladministration, fraud and corruption and those responsible in all IFP-controlled municipalities that have been named and shamed in the Auditor-General’s report on municipal performance; and
- to reaffirm the party’s commitment to open and transparent government in all IFP-controlled municipalities in order to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
RESOLUTION 3: REAFFIRMATION OF THE VUKUZITHATHE CAMPAIGN
Noting the growing need to reunite and mobilise the party around a winning strategy ahead of the upcoming 2011 local government elections, the IFP National Council has resolved:
- to reaffirm the IFP’s commitment to the Vukuzithathe Campaign which seeks to improve the party’s performance in local government, improve the party’s communication of its values and policies at grassroots level and galvanise the party’s support among all sections of the electorate.
RESOLUTION 4: DEPLOYMENT OF IFP MPs AND MPLs TO MUNICIPAL CONSTITUENCIES
Noting the need to fill an accountability gap created by South Africa’s electoral system of proportional representation, the IFP National Council has resolved:
- to dispatch all IFP MPs and MPLs to an extensive report-back campaign along the lines of municipal constituencies to enhance the party’s visibility and promote its interaction with the electorate.
RESOLUTION 5: APPRECIATION OF IFP PRESIDENT’S PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR TIBET
Noting the recent visit by IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi to the fifth World Parliamentarians’’ Convention on Tibet in Rome, the IFP National Council has resolved:
- to appreciate the President’s continued role as an international statesman who, faithful to the principles of freedom, religious and cultural pluralism and human rights, resisted pressure from China and attended the Tibet summit; and
- to accept the President’s view that his moral support for Tibet is not directed against China and its people.
Rev Musa Zondi
IFP Secretary-General and national spokesperson
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IFP deputy national spokesperson
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