THREE prominent former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) members — two members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and a former IFP Youth Brigade leader and National Assembly MP — have joined the African National Congress (ANC).Roman Liptak served as IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s speech writer, right-hand man and the party’s researcher. Usha Roopnarian was the IFP shadow health minister in the provincial legislature.Former youth brigade chairwoman Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi was in June last year said to have joined the ANC though her membership was only announced with the other two in Durban on Tuesday. She had served as an IFP MP before her resignation last year.The three were received by top provincial ANC leaders, including chairman Senzo Mchunu, his deputy, Willies Mchunu, and a number of provincial executive committee members.Mr Liptak and Dr Roopnarain recently were involved in a heated argument with the IFP. The party accused them of not being fully committed to its cause and leaning towa...

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