Mangosuthu Buthelezi opts out of retirement, remains leader of IFP

Mangosuthu Buthelezi opts out of retirement, remains leader of IFP

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has changed his mind about his long-awaited retirement, insisting that he will return to Parliament. Buthelezi fears that the party he founded in 1975 may collapse on his departure.

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi has decided that he will no longer be retiring from his position as the leader of the IFP.

Speaking to supporters, the aging leader revealed that he feared the party he founded in 1975 would collapse if he left it:

“As long as I am still alive I will not leave my party, I will assist the leadership that will be elected. I cannot allow something I formed to collapse."

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When questioned on allowing a younger person to take control of the party, the IFP leader admitted that he had wanted to hand over the reigns for a long time:

“But because other people bribed our national chairman, kaMagwaza-Msibi, and she broke away. When my party was in dire strain I could not I could not leave my house burning and run away like a coward."

Buthelezi claimed that he had told national council that he would not run in today's election but had been unanimously elected to lead the party nonetheless.

The IFP head had cast his vote in his home town of Mandlakazi and said that the party was open to negotiations with any party, with the exception of the ANC:

“After what I have seen with my own eyes I am not interested in a party which still talk about socialism.”

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