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/ 2 May 2008

Buthelezi’s U-turn

As IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi threatens to challenge a new KwaZulu-Natal law in court, the provincial government has released correspondence showing that only last year he demanded that same law be enacted. The law in question will make the position of chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders permanent, and Buthelezi will have to choose between his position as part-time chair of the house and his job as a national MP.

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/ 2 February 2008

The IFP: Between a rock and a Zuma

Like the elephant on its crest, there was a degree of dimorphism about the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at its draft policy launch recently. Its past, especially the party’s role in the internecine violence of the 1980s and 1990s, was reshaped towards absolution during a narrative history kicked off by Generations actress Winnie Ntshaba.

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/ 30 August 2007

IFP showdown

A race for succession is taking shape in the IFP with progressive members of the party’s youth wing calling for it to formulate a succession plan ahead of the anticipated resignation of president Mangosuthu Buthelezi when his term ends in 2009. Buoyed by a belief that the term ending in 2009 might be Buthelezi’s last as party president reformists within the party and its youth wing have begun lobbying for a deputy president.

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/ 6 October 2006

IFP shifts focus from chiefs to yuppies

The IFP goes to its national general conference to take stock of its declining fortunes and formulate a turnaround strategy to attract the ”sophisticated urban voter”. The NGC is the party’s highest decision-making body. For the first time in the party’s 31year history the NGC of 100 members will be elected by delegates rather than being anointed by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

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/ 8 April 2006

Buthelezi entrenches himself

Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s decision to subject his leadership to scrutiny, at a hastily convened special conference on Saturday, amounts to little more than a tactical move to entrench his position until the 2009 election. Any challenge to his presidency has been widely dismissed.

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/ 13 May 2005

‘Pack of lies,’ says IFP’s Jiyane

National chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party Ziba Jiyane has lashed out at party members who are ”fighting to undermine” him, and has branded the IFP youth brigade’s recent attack on him as ”a pack of lies”. This is the latest salvo in an acrimonious leadership tussle plaguing the party.

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/ 9 September 1994

Zwelithini Nods To An Old Buthelezi Enemy

King Goodwill Zwelethini wants to restore relations with a senior prince who has rivalled Mangosuthu Buthelezi for 26 years, reports Farouk Chothia ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini wants an urgent meeting with a senior prince who is Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezis rival for the post of traditional prime minister to the monarch. Sources close […]