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I have taken note of Mr Muntonezwi Khanyile's letter titled "IFP needs repositioning" (Sowetan: 11 October 2011) in which Khanyile pontificates about the future of the IFP.
It is unfortunate that Khanyile chose to express himself publicly on the issue of the possible creation of a Deputy Presidency position for the IFP, when he clearly does not understand the internal politics and processes of the IFP. This can only create further confusion about the matter.
Khanyile jumps the gun when he says "the proposal by the national council for the creation of the post of IFP Deputy President for a smooth handover and succession planning is not the way forward". The proposal is not on the table yet, as the National Council has not finalized matters for discussion that will eventually be tabled at the Conference.
Ultimately it will be the IFP membership at large, represented by their delegates, who will decide on the way forward. Where does Khanyile get the temerity to try and dictate to the rank and file of the IFP members on what the outcome of the debate should be? That is not democratic, and is not how the IFP conducts its business. Khanyile is free to contribute to the debate in a democratic manner by ensuring that he is a registered delegate to Conference. There is no basis for Khanyile's premature prediction on what the IFP is or is not ready to do.
In addition Khanyile misses the mark when he talks about "succession planning" for the IFP, and how it should organize its future operations and structures. Succession planning is purely a technical concept, invented by Harvard University business school professors, as a tool to ensure smooth executive transition for business organizations. Succession planning, in this sense, is not something political parties with their robust internal democratic dynamic can simply undertake, as in politics, it is ultimately the rank and file of ordinary Party members that dictate who should lead them.
It is against this background, that it is inexplicable that Khanyile should make this bizarre proposal that it is time that I should be "anointed" as the new leader of the Party. He seems to have no clue how democratic parties operate, and moreover, I am on record stating on numerous occasions that I am not available for any other position than the ones I currently hold in the IFP. And I serve in those positions not by right, but at the behest of the rank and file of ordinary members of the Party.
Rev. Musa Zondi MP
Secretary General of the IFP and National Spokesperson