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
"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
For Further Information:
M. Joshua Mazibuko
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson: 083 992 6135