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2019 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) National General Conference

The 2019 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) National General Conference is scheduled to be held from 23 to 25 August 2019 to elect the new leadership of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). The previous elective conference was held in 2012. Current party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has announced his intention to retire after serving in the position for more than forty-four years. He is the party's inaugural president. It is understood that the party's IFP Extended National Council heavily favours the Leader of the Opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Velenkosini Hlabisa, to succeed him as party president.[2][3][4]

2019 Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) National General Conference
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Candidate Velenkosini Hlabisa

Incumbent President

Mangosuthu Buthelezi



Lead up to the electionEdit

Mangosuthu Buthelezi established the party in March 1975 and has led it since its inception.[5]

In October 2017, the IFP Extended National Council started the process of selecting a new leader to succeed Buthelezi in the upcoming 2019 general elective conference. The council nominated Velenkosini Hlabisa as its preferred leadership candidate. It was initially speculated that the party would nominate deputy party president, Inkosi Buthelezi, but Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that the council preferred to retain him in his post.[6][7][8]

Mangosuthu Buthelezi officially confirmed on 20 January 2019 that he would not seek re-election to another term as party president of the IFP.[9]

Following the May 2019 South African general election, the IFP increased its seat total in the National Assembly to 14 seats, a gain of four seats. The party managed to regain the title of the official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature after it lost it to the Democratic Alliance in 2014. The IFP confirmed that Buthelezi would remain parliamentary leader of the party in the National Assembly and that the elective conferences would proceed. Hlabisa was designated as Leader of the Opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature as he was the party's premier candidate for the 2019 elections.[10][11][12][13]

On 10 June 2019, the IFP officially set the dates for the party's elective conferences preceding the general elective conference in August 2019.[14] The first of the conferences to be held was the provincial conferences. The party's KwaZulu-Natal branch elected Nkandla mayor Thamsanqa Ntuli as its new provincial chair.[15] The election of Ntuli was seen as an apparent revolt to Buthelezi's succession plan.[16] The IFP Youth Brigade held its elective conferences from 13 to 14 July 2019, while the Women's Brigade held its from 27 to 28 July 2019.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Media Release: IFP Conference Dates - Inkatha Freedom Party. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ Zulu, Makhosandile. Buthelezi will not stand for re-election as IFP leader, TheCitizen, 13 May 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  3. ^ Mtshali, Samkelo. IFP releases conference dates as Hlabisa widely expected to succeed Buthelezi, IOL, Durban, 11 June 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  4. ^ Mvumvu, Zingisa. IFP will vote for a new leader to replace Buthelezi in August, TimesLIVE, 10 June 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  5. ^ IFP's Buthelezi announces won't seek re-election, Eyewitness News, 20 January 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  6. ^ Buthelezi's successor believes he can take the IFP forward, IOL, Durban, 30 October 2017. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  7. ^ IFP leader Buthelezi calls it quits. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  8. ^ Buthelezi steps down as IFP leader after 42 years at helm. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  9. ^ Buthelezi to lead IFP in this year’s general election campaign, SABC News, 20 January 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  10. ^ Harper, Paddy. IFP and EFF make the biggest gains in KwaZulu-Natal, Mail & Guardian, 11 May 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ KwaZulu-Natal: Old kid on block back with a vengeance, Daily Maverick, 13 May 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  12. ^ Inkatha Freedom Party arrests the decline. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  13. ^ IFP aims to grow further in next elections. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ IFP: IFP Conference Dates. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  15. ^ IFP elects Nkandla mayor as new KZN chairperson. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  16. ^ Nkandla mayor’s ascension part of Buthelezi’s succession plan?. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.
  17. ^ IFP Youth Brigade elects new leadership, SABC News, 14 July 2019. Retrieved on 19 July 2019.