Durban – Despite speculation that the sudden removal of long-time Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi from the party's presidency will blow up power, the new party leadership was elected unopposed, with Velenkosini The acquisition of Hlabisa as party president.
He was elected in the early hours of Sunday during the ongoing 35th party assembly elections in Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal. party in the KZN legislature and which has been standing since 2017, was elected unopposed. His deputy was Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi who was once seen as the next leader when the post of deputy president was created for the first time in 2012.
Maintaining his position as national chairman is the party's veteran, Blessed Gwala, a member of The KZN legislature once touted as a future successor to the now retired Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Gwala will be replaced by Thembeka Madlopha-Mthethwa, the lone woman elected to the top seven parties. ) who recently left the union to join the party at a national meeting in Cape Town. Ngcobo's deputy will be the party's veteran, Albert Mncwango, who is currently the mayor of the municipality of Nongoma and also previously seen as a potential contender for the party's presidency. According to the SABC, in his acceptance speech, he pleaded with members to root for factionalism that was slowly creeping into a once united party under a retired 44-year-old leader.
"On behalf of the newly elected NEC, we are humbled by Shenge to receive the baton from you. We will not disappoint you. Contacting what you did today should be a new beginning for this party. The KwaPhindangene Prince when we were in Mthonjaneni called us to bury these divisions. The unity you have shown today, we will live it forever. divided IFP will not be able to win the hearts of the people of South Africa, "Hlabisa was quoted as saying by the SABC.
It remains to be seen what will become of Buthelezi's new role in the party — though it is widely accepted that he will hold an advisory role. Giving a keynote address on Saturday, the former leader said it was up to party delegates to decide what his new role would be.