IFP ‘back on upward trajectory’

2012-12-17 00:00

AFTER internal ructions and several postponements, the Inkatha Freedom Party finally held its elective conference at the weekend and adopted a road map for a smooth succession.

In a two-and-a-half hour address to almost 1 000 delegates on Saturday, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the party would continue the upward trend shown in recent by-elections.

This includes the victory in Hlabisa against bitter rivals the National Freedom Party, as well as by-elections in kwaMashu and Nkandla, the hometown of President Jacob Zuma.

“We know now that the IFP is back on an upward trajectory. Our support in the by-elections is overwhelming and deeply encouraging.

“The fact that we won Nkandla should tell us that whatever comes out of Mangaung in the next few days, South Africa has already turned away from what the ANC has to offer and is looking again to what the IFP can do to fill the leadership vacuum in our country,” Buthelezi said.

The IFP adopted a road map that will pave the way for a leadership transition, with a new post of deputy president. Mzamo Buthelezi (36), an inkosi from Mbongombongweni , was elected unopposed. He is the man earmarked to succeed Buthlezi as party president.

Buthelezi indicated that he would stay on as president until this transition was completed.

One of the resolutions adopted by the party was that the national education system needed to be geared towards supplying skills to the economy and ensuring a productive labour force.

Another called for the privatisation of state-owned enterprises, arguing that the state was incapable of running businesses, while the private sector could.

The IFP cited the financial woes of the South African Airways as an example.

Buthelezi urged IFP members to continue fighting for the growth of the party.

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