90-year-old IFP leader Mangosutho Buthelezi set to quit Parliament

90-year-old IFP leader Mangosutho Buthelezi set to quit Parliament

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has confirmed that he will be retiring from Parliament after the 2019 elections. The leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party says that, as long as his health permits, he will always be available to aid his party.

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Founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is set to retire from Parliament after the May elections.

According to eNCA, Buthelezi is the oldest member of Parliament in South Africa and will be finally handing the reins of his party over.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Princess Irene Buthelezi, Mangosuthu's wife, passed away after a long battle with illness.

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Buthelezi has remained the sole leader of the IFP since its beginnings 44 years ago, and will remain the face of the party during the 2019 elections.

Support for his party has waned over the years, retaining only 10 seats in the last term in Parliament after members split off to form the NFP back in 2011.

Although the prince could not predict how the IFP will do at the next polls, he remains proud to have led a party free of corruption.

The veteran could not indicate how he would enjoy his well-deserved retirement but he was adamant that for as long as his health allows, he will be available for the IFP.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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