Hlabisa said they will try to build from what Buthelezi taught them over the years when he was leader and even after he left.
But he said Buthelezi died when he was still trying to reach out to the African National Congress (ANC) for reconciliation.
“He sought reconciliation with the ANC right to the end of his days. He made his pleas that the the issue of reconciliation be finalised,” said Hlabisa.
“As the president of the IFP. I want to place on record that we will strive to make sure that the IFP remains a strong force to be reckoned with, to rebuild our country as we move forward as the nation of South Africa.”
ANC Deputy President Paul Mashatile raised this issue when he visited the Buthelezi family this week after his death.
Buthelezi had also raised this issue with various ANC leaders from the time of late former president Nelson Mandela.
Hlabisa said Buthelezi still sought reconciliation with the ANC and that he was proactive in his work.
He said Buthelezi never asked for favours, but believed in the delivery of services to the poor.