Experts believe that Mangosuthu Buthelezi is responsible for the dwindling support of the Inkatha Freedom Party. This comes in reaction to the launch of the party's election manifesto this weekend in Chatsworth, Durban.
The Inkatha Freedom Party appears to be convinced of its chances to win KwaZulu-Natal from the ANC in the elections.
However, political analyst, Xolani Dube, says the IFP party is losing support due to the age and health concerns of its leader:
“All these young leaders, including Magwaza-Msibi, Jiyane, Barnes and Sibusisiwe Ngubane, left despondent from the IFP. Barnes was a Julius Malema of the IFP, while Magwaza-Msibi, Jiyane, and Ngubane had the potential to take the IFP to greater heights. But Buthelezi was the stumbling block.”
Dube is convinced that preventing potential candidates an opportunity to be at the helm of the party has inadvertently cost the IFP votes.
According to The Citizen, the analyst also has little faith in Velenkosi Hlabisa, the man chosen by Buthelezi to succeed him. Dube believes that Hlabisa is 'not trustworthy'.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the 90-year-old Buthelezi had sung the IFP's praises as he announced that he would be retiring after the elections during the launch.
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In Chatsworth, Durban, Buthelezi had launched his party's manifesto one last time, maintaining that the IFP had been a voice of reason, a champion for the impoverished and integral leaders.
The IFP pledged a tough stance on crime, to fight for land reform and to protect the environment in South Africa.
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