- Mangosuthu Buthelezi said he viewed the formation of the National Freedom Party in 2011 as an attack on the IFP by the ANC
- However, he expressed confidence in the party's future
- This follows the announcement that Buthelezi will be stepping down as party leader after the May elections
According to IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the ANC bribed Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi to form the National Freedom Party.
He said this occurred while Zuma was president. Buthelezi made the comments in an interview with Eyewitness News.
Buthelezi said he felt betrayed when kaMagwaza-Msibi made the move.
The IFP leader said he saw the move as an attack on his party by the ANC. He added that many people had tried to undermine his party over the years, but expressed confidence that the IFP would survive into the future.
This follows his announcement that he will step down as party leader following the upcoming election. Buthelezi, who is 90 years old, has led the IFP for decades.
The announcement was met with some skepticism, with some wondering if the IFP could continue to exist without Buthelezi at the helm.
Many have speculated that the IFP's candidate for KwaZulu-Natal premier, Velenkosini Hlabisa, will replace him as party leader.
The IFP is currently the fourth largest political party in South Africa, but almost all of its voters are concentrated in the KwaZulu-Natal area. Nationally, it currently claims just under 5% support.
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