Subject: IFP RESPONSE TO PEWA’S COLUMN IN THE WEEKEND WITNESS
Pewa’s leaps of logic in “Buthelezi and his glass house” (Weekend Witness, 29 January 2011) are astounding.
He starts off speculating that, over the past few months, the IFP has invested all its time and energy into framing its wayward National Chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi only to conclude, quite correctly, that it was kaMagwaza-Msibi whose actions leading to her departure from the party were premeditated. While I may agree with his conclusion, I fail to see how it matches the rest of his argument.
Contrary to Pewa’s assertion, the IFP is not an autocratic organisation driven by chauvinistic old men. If it was, it would not have promoted, on the strength of her own ability, a young woman all the way up to the senior post of its National Chairperson.
To the detriment of his reasoning, Pewa does not explore the motivation behind kaMagwaza-Msibi’s desire for her own party. It does not even occur to him that the selfish reasons he ascribes to the IFP leadership might actually have led the former National Chairperson into an unholy alliance with the ANC designed to damage her old party by way of launching a new one.
Duma’s warning to the IFP not to throw stones if it itself lives in a glass house, should really be addressed to kaMagwaza-Msibi, who has wielded the dagger forgetting that she would never wear the crown as leader of a party with half a chance to displace the IFP.
ALBERT MNCWANGO MP
IFP NATIONAL ORGANISER