IFP MPL accused of disloyalty, expelled

By Bheki Mbanjwa Time of article published Aug 6, 2012

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The IFP has expelled its former deputy national organiser and KwaZulu-Natal MPL Sipho Mbatha, who was accused of showing disloyalty to the party.

IFP spokesman Joshua Mazibuko said Mbatha faced charges including misconduct for his alleged use of IFP resources to assist someone who was canvassing support for another political party.

“Further, allegations went on to suggest that [Mbatha] was discrediting the IFP and promoting disloyalty in the party among some members,” Mazibuko said.

Mbatha, who resigned from his position as IFP MPL last month, was summoned to appear before the IFP’s national council at the weekend to answer to the charges.

However, he failed to arrive and the council discussed the case in his absence, deciding to expel him from the party.

Mbatha is believed to have found a new political home and was today expected to be officially announced as a new member of the IFP-splinter party, the NFP.

In a statement on Sunday the NFP said it would welcome into its fold a serving MP from another party but would not confirm if this was Mbatha

The NFP, meanwhile, also suffered a major blow at the weekend when one of its leaders, Cedric Xulu – a member of the NFP executive in uThungulu District – resigned, citing internal divisions and mistrust among party members.

The NFP has been rocked by internal divisions, some of which have led to deadly attacks.

“The camps that continue to exist create organisational instability that does not afford members the opportunity to work as a united front,” Xulu said in his resignation letter seen by the Daily News.

“Perceptions and allegations are that every member of the National Freedom Party belongs to one camp or another. This, in my view, does not help the cause of the organisation as well as individual political growth and safety.”

In the letter Xulu said the decision to resign was painful and goes on to say that he wished to have a one-on-one discussion with NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi to air his constructive criticism of the splinter party.

Last year Xulu unsuccessfully challenged for a position as party’s secretary general but he lost to Nhlanhla Khubisa.

Since then many of Xulu’s supporters have left the party.

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