MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Ex-MPs Are Spineless Bitter Souls

18 June 2013    

  

The IFP has slammed its former Members of Parliament as bitter souls that saw themselves as more important than the party and could not subject themselves to party authority. This the party said in a statement issued today, in reaction to the news that ex-MP Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi as well ex-MPL's Roman Liptak and Usha Roopnarain were today welcomed into the ranks of the ANC.

  

IFP Deputy National Spokesperson, Joshua Mazibuko said:

"First and foremost, the IFP respects every member's democratic right to join the party as well as terminate their membership when they feel it is time to do so. This is the attitude in which we receive the news that two of our former Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature - Mr Roman Liptak and Dr Usha Roopnarain - have joined the ANC."

 

"However, while we grant the two members their democratic right, we wish to say that theirs was not a matter of principle and integrity, rather they are bitter souls who could not subject themselves to party authority. They saw themselves as more important than the party, hence their failure to abide by party decisions."

 

"For the record Dr Roopanarain told the highest body of the party - the National Council - that she did not have time to do party work hence her refusal to serve in the National Council. The party then engaged her with a view to assisting her with more time to deal with her personal issues. Mr Liptak had developed disloyal tendencies in favour of the ANC, which compromised the IFP in the Legislature. Hence the party resolved to engage him which resulted in his resignation from the Legislature. His decision to join the ANC is a case of the cat getting out of the bag."

 

"The two members - instead of abiding by the party's decisions as loyal and disciplined members - chose to defect to the ANC; which clearly exposes them as spineless individuals whose political morals are questionable."

 

"Deploying and redeploying members is a prerogative of a political party. And strangely, no one ever kicks dust and questions their party when the party deploys them either to parliament or local government. However, the moment the party exercises its right to recall and redeploy, some people begin to make noises as though they had applied for a job and gone through the interview. Deployments and redeployments, especially to parliament and councils, have proven to be a fundamental test of any member's loyalty and character."

 

"We wish them well in their new political marriage."

 

For Further Information:

M. Joshua Mazibuko

IFP Deputy National Spokesperson: 083 992 6135