Hlabisa, who had been earmarked by party structures as a potential Buthelezi successor, spoke to Independent Media as the party was registering branch delegates to participate in the KwaZulu-Natal elective conference held in Ulundi on Saturday evening.
Hlabisa said there would be no problem in Buthelezi remaining party leader in Parliament while no longer serving as the party’s president.
“If eventually it becomes what has been designated by the party (that) I am in KwaZulu-Natal as the leader of the official opposition while his excellency is in Cape Town. If he is no longer the president there will be no problem at all.
“As far as I am concerned, even if after the conference, if his health allows him, he will remain at national Parliament because he will still be active as the IFP member. There will be no conflict,” said Hlabisa.