The party was reacting to Malema’s claim that the IFP would die when Buthelezi was no longer its leader.
IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said during a media briefing in Durban on Monday that Malema should leave Buthelezi alone.
Addressing his followers outside the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court, northern KwaZulu-Natal, Malema said: “The IFP leader is going into retirement and the IFP is going with him.”
Malema appeared in court on charges of inciting his followers to invade vacant land and occupy it. After his court appearance, Malema took the opportunity to campaign for his party.