Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi steps down as leader of IFP after 44 years

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi steps down as leader of IFP after 44 years

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi turns 91 soon and has decided to step down as leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party. He downplayed his exit from the party, where he served as leader since its inception, and said the party is bigger than him and has its own future.

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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be stepping down as leader of the IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party).

Buthelezi has been at the helm of the political party since it was born on March 21, 1975 and although it's a big moment, for him it doesn't seem as sensational.

SowetanLIVE reports that at the IFP national elective conference in Ulundi, Buthelezi said:

"[This conference] has been accompanied by unprecedented hype and speculation. Because in this conference, Buthelezi will step down. This is a significant moment, but it is far less sensational than many seem to think. The IFP has been in a time of transition since 2012."

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Buthelezi feels that the IFP is bigger than him and that it has a future without him.

"I have served this party for 44 years, since its founding in 1975. Yet I have never served alone. This party is bigger than Buthelezi. It has a future beyond my own."

The politician will turn 91 on Tuesday, 24 August, gathered.

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According to an IOL News report, Buthelezi's successor will be elected at the conference.

The elderly statesman had on Friday night opened the party’s national election conference at the Prince Mangosuthu Stadium in Ulundi, Zululand. This

is a historical conference as it is the first one in which a new leader will be elected to succeed him.

Buthelezi feels the party has a bright future.

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