Durban - Thousands of IFP supporters converged on Durban's
King Zwelithini Stadium ahead of the launch of the party's 2014 election
manifesto on Sunday.
Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi received a rapturous
welcome when he entered the stadium in Umlazi.
Streets outside the stadium were filled with buses and taxis
bearing Inkatha Freedom Party colours and Buthelezi's portrait.
When Buthelezi arrived he had to be helped up the stairs to
IFP spokesperson Liezl van der Merwe said he had injured
himself last week as he left his offices in Cape Town.
"Prince Buthelezi missed a step in the parliamentary
buildings and slipped. It was discovered the following day, when he returned to
Durban, that he had sustained a knee injury," she said.
Buthelezi had ruptured his quadriceps tendon, the connective
tissue that binds the muscles of the thigh to the kneecap, said Van der Merwe.