RESOLUTION OF THE IFP NATIONAL COUNCIL
Ulundi: 30 January 2011
MEDIA ALLEGATIONS BY FORMER KZN PREMIER DR F MDLALOSE
Noting the allegations made in an interview with the Independent Newspapers by former KwaZulu-Natal Premier and IFP National Chairperson Dr Frank Mdlalose to the effect that:
- he was personally ejected from the party chairmanship and premiership by IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi;
- that he was accused of failing to declare Ulundi the provincial capital during his tenure as Premier; and
- that the IFP was never committed to a peaceful resolution of the political conflict between itself and the ANC.
The IFP National Council has resolved:
- to express its disappointment at Dr Mdlalose’s misleading statements and selective interpretation of recent history which are clearly designed to cause damage to the public image of the IFP and its President at a difficult time for the party;
- to put the record straight on Dr Mdlalose’s allegations by stating that Dr Mdlalose was relieved of his party and government duties at his own request and on the basis of a medical report that he himself submitted to the IFP, and that Dr Mdlalose presided over a provincial government with a clear parliamentary majority and his failure to implement party policy of the day demonstrated that he commanded little authority over his colleagues in the provincial government as well as the parliamentary party; and
- to reject the preposterous claim that the IFP resisted a peaceful resolution to its conflict with the ANC when it was the IFP’s, and specifically Prince Buthelezi’s, principled opposition to the armed struggle which had been at the root of the disagreements between the two organisations.
Contact: Rev Musa Zondi, IFP national spokesperson, 083 440 5966