IFP wants NFP funding probed

Johannesburg - The cash flow of the NFP should be investigated, the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal said on Saturday.

"After the arrest and court appearance of the suspects in the robbery at the house of the NFP leader in Durban, the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal renews its call for an investigation into the source of moneys," IFP National Chairperson Blessed Gwala said in a statement.

"It was reported that the amount of R150 000 was delivered to the maid and thereafter half a million rand was stolen in the robbery."

Two men armed with knives allegedly broke into the home of National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi's Umhlanga home earlier in the month and accosted her daughter.

KaMagwaza-Msibi was not at home at the time, but her daughter was. She was not hurt during the incident. The intruders broke down the bathroom door and fled money and a cellphone.

Four people were arrested and appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court. Anitha Vasco, 23, Lindani Mhlongo, 34, Felix Khawuleza, 41, and Sifiso Dube, 34, face charges of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

According to court documents, the four are accused of stealing R500 000 and one cellphone.

Gwala questioned why kaMagwaza-Msibi kept such kind of money in her house and said the source of such large amounts of money should be revealed.

"It would be in the best interest of the NFP leader to disclose the source of these funds. If there was no irregularities in this matter the NFP leader must do the right thing by not hesitating to disclose where these large amounts of cash come from," he said.

The NFP, however, said it did not account to any political party. NFP spokesperson and national treasurer Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa told Sapa that the party was only accountable to its members regarding finances.

"For Parliamentary funds, we account to be Parliament do the same with funds from Electoral Commission of SA [IEC]," he said.

Khubisa accused the IFP of not knowing how independent political parties operated. He urged the IFP to sop meddling in the party's affairs and rather focus on its own.

"Within the three years of our formation, we have never developed an appetite for intruding in the affairs of the IFP. It is therefore appropriate for all to educate the IFP on how to mind its own affairs," he said.

Khubisa attributed the IFP's comments to jealousy of seeing the NFP growing at rapid speeds.

"Craving of IFP to interfere in NFP affairs is typical of an old party that has lost its vision and mandate. They have lost direction and they are now clutching on straws to find a way for their own survival and it is not the duty of NFP to help it to survive," said Khubisa.