Durban - Although he surrendered his position on Sunday morning when Velenkosini Hlabisa was elected unopposed as party President, former leader, Prince Mangosuthu, will still have an active role to play in the party’s affairs – albeit at his discretion.
In the new role, Hlabisa said on Sunday, Buthelezi will still be allowed to attend party meetings and offer bits of advice if his schedule allows it.
Buthelezi's new title will be “President Emeritus” and it was, according to Hlabisa, unanimously conferred to the party’s founding leader by branches on Saturday night.
An emeritus is a person retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last office held and he can sometimes contribute when needed.
“I made a motion to make his Excellency the IFP’s President Emeritus. The motion was unanimously endorsed by the conference,” Hlabisa told Independent Media on the sidelines of the party’s conference in Ulundi, northern KZN.