Durban - IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Saturday afternoon will address the party faithful on Saturday, in a series of events that will culminate in his farewell address on Sunday, marking his end of his journey as the president of the party he formed more than four decades ago.
The elderly statesman had on Friday night opened the party’s national election conference at the Prince Mangosuthu Stadium in Ulundi, Zululand. This is a historical conference as it is the first one in which a new leader will be elected to succeed him.
Addressing more than 4 000 voting delegates, observers and invited guests at about 9 pm, Buthelezi said beside voting for the members of the top seven leadership structure, the conference should discuss how the party would contribute in tackling the country's economic crisis, unemployment and the failure of the education system.
He also raised concerns about the collapse of leadership integrity in the country.
“As much as this conference is a watershed moment in the history of the IFP, it takes place at a watershed moment in our country.