Durban - Internal fights and fielding of candidates with questionable integrity has been cited by some within the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) as the reason behind the party being on the brink of losing the control of Abaqulusi municipality (Vryheid) in northern KZN.
The members fear that should the ongoing internal battles in the Abaqulusi constituency not be urgently contained, the party may ultimately lose control of the Zululand district municipality to its longtime rivals, the African National Congress (ANC).
The allegations and the concerns comes after the party lost ward 18 to the ANC by 16 votes on March 27. This was after a late night decision by the constituency leaders of the IFP to controversially expel Philisiwe Mtshali who was a branch chairperson and a candidate for the party. She was replaced by Ziqu Ngcobo.
A national executive member of the party said Mtshali got angry and took her votes to the Economic Freedom Fighters, where she was fielded as their candidate.
“It was those votes that Mtshali took to the EFF that paved the way for the ANC to overpower us and win the ward. What is troubling here is that the decision to expel her was taken without considering that she was popular with voters,” said the NEC member on condition of anonymity.