The Inkatha Freedom Party has elected Velenkosini Hlabisa as its new president and he will replace the only other leader they have ever had, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. It is believed Hlabisa will not take the party in a radically different direction because he shares Buthelezi's vision.
The IFP is under new leadership for the first time since its conception. It has been under the rule of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi since its birth, but now elected Velenkosini Hlabisa to take them forward.
Buthelezi, who turns 91 soon, announced earlier that he will be stepping down but that he feels the party has a bright future, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
According to eNCA, Hlabisa has been groomed to take over from the former leader.
Buthelezi's retirement from leadership may come as a surprise to some, but he has been planning this for years.
"We have moved carefully and deliberately to this point, making public our decisions and the reasons for taking them. This moment was planned a long time ago. It is simply the last step in a very public journey."
The Citizen reported that Hlabisa, who was formerly the IFP’s secretary-general, gave a brief acceptance speech.
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