05 June 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party is not in the least
surprised by President Zuma's appointment of NFP leader Ms
Magwaza-Msibi to the National Executive.
IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile Nkomo MP
said, "This appointment is simply 'payment' by the ruling party
to Ms Magwaza-Msibi for her treachery.
When she launched the NFP just before the 2011
Local Government Elections, IFP President Prince Buthelezi gave
chapter and verse in Parliament on how she was being used by the
ANC in an effort to destroy our Party. The evidence was all
there. President Zuma himself didn't dispute it."
Immediately after the 2011 elections,
Magwaza-Msibi took all the votes received by the NFP straight
into a coalition with the ANC, in order to take control of 19
hung municipalities in KwaZulu Natal. She delivered IFP
municipalities straight into the hands of the ANC.
"Again, the writing was on the wall," said
Nkomo. "But her appointment now as a Deputy Minister in the
National Executive of President Zuma can leave no doubt that
Magwaza-Msibi has been used, in expectation of a promised
reward. What further proof is needed?"
This appointment is, unfortunately, another
case of politics coming before good governance. Magwaza-Msibi's
stewardship of the Zululand District Municipality left a great
deal to be desired. She left her position as Mayor under a cloud
of suspicion regarding alleged misappropriation of funds. This
is now under investigation by the Public Protector.
Said Nkomo, "This must be hard for those who
voted for her in good faith. But now that the truth is out, we want them to
know that there is always a home for people of goodwill who seek
the best interests of our country. We hope they will come home
to the IFP."
IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile
Contact: 076 553 1240