- Ziba Jiyane will be contesting the upcoming election for IFP leader
- This follows Jiyane's return to the party after 14 years
- Jiyane says he is confident he can claim the top spot
Former IFP national chairperson Ziba Jiyane is running for the party's top spot in the upcoming elective conference to be held on 24 and 25 August.
This comes as Jiyane recently returned to the IFP's ranks.
He will be challenging Mangosuthu Buthelezi's hand-picked successor, Velenkosini Hlabisa.
The elective conference comes as long-time party leader Buthelezi is set to step down this week, Briefly.co.za has gathered. Jiyane, who has held positions in the DA and ANC as well as the IFP, left the IFP 14 years ago after a disagreement with Buthelezi, according to IOl. He recently rejoined the party.
Jiyane says he will be running on a platform of strengthening internal democracy within the IFP - something he says is lacking. Jiyane told City Press over the weekend that he believes the lack of democracy inside the IFP is harming the party's performance in elections.
Jiyane will likely face a tough contest against Hlabisa, who has Buthelezi's blessing. However, Jiyane has triumphed over favoured candidates before. For example, in 2004 he won the race for IFP chairperson, beating frontrunner Lionel Mtshali, who was also close to Buthelezi.
"The odds might be stacked against me but at the end of the day it's the delegates who make the final decision," Jiyane said.
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