Durban - For the first time in its 44-year history, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is set to have a new leader at the helm with the party on Monday releasing the date for its long awaited National General Conference.
On the weekend of August 23 to 25, the IFP will hold its elective conference which will see a successor take over the reins from the only leader the party has ever had Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Last year the party postponed its national general conference but also denied this was due to a succession battle. It was widely expected host the conference next month, but now August has been announced as the official date for the conference.
In November 2017 the party announced that Velenkosini Hlabisa, the party’s secretary general and incumbent leader in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature, would be Buthelezi's successor and the IFP leader again in April indicated that Hlabisa was still his choice, and that of the structures of the IFP, to lead the party into the future.