10 June 2013
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of
the IFP has taken note of claims made by one of its former
members, Mr Roman Liptak, in the media yesterday.
While the claims are so erroneous and
baseless that they should not even be entertained, we wish to
set the record straight.
The IFP, as one of the major political
players in KwaZulu Natal and South Africa, is gearing-up for the
watershed 2014 national and provincial elections.
We have won a number of by-elections,
increasing our support base in many areas, while taking many
wards from the NFP and the ANC, most notably in Mpumalanga and
President Zuma's home base of Nkandla.
We have our focus firmly set on regaining
control of the province of KwaZulu Natal, while making inroads
into areas where we did not yield power before.
We have begun a process of asking those who
do not share this vision to step aside. We have also requested
those who are no longer able, or willing, to work for the IFP, for
whatever reason, to retire. Hence, the resignations that have
Mr Liptak's claim that he resigned from the
IFP because we are a bunch of fossils is laughable to say the
least. When he was requested to step aside, on the grounds
outlined above, he refused to do so.
Furthermore, his claim that we do not look
after the most vulnerable is unfounded. His love for overseas
trips and the MPL salary he drew far outweighed any concern he
might have had for the Party or our marginalised constituency.
We are assembling our A-team to take on the
2014 election. Those who don't make the cut will naturally feel
aggrieved, which is understandable.
MS SIBONGILE NKOMO MP
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NEC
Contact: Ms SJ Nkomo MP on 076 553 1240 or Mr Joshua Mazibuko
MPL on 083 992 6135