IFP to hold its national conference this weekend

2012-12-12 00:00

THE IFP sprung a surprise yesterday by announcing that its national conference, which has been postponed several times since 2009, will finally take place this weekend — December 14 to 16.

Political commentators were bemused at the timing of the conference and the fact that the dates of the event were announced days before its commencement.

Analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the spotlight will be on the ANC in Mangaung, allowing the IFP to quietly go about its business and re-elect Mangosuthu Buthelezi as the party leader. Ndlovu said the IFP had to be commended for their timing; it was clear they were trying to avoid any controversy. “All the political journalists are going to be in Mangaung,” he said.

Commentator Protas Madlala said the IFP conference will be smooth sailing and a straight shoo-in for Buthelezi as Party leader.

Over the years, there has been a purge of anyone who could challenge for the leadership.

People like Ziba Jiyane, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and Musa Zulu have all left the party.

Madlala could not believe that the party was announcing its national conference to the public, three days before it was to happen.

“Perhaps the conference was brought forward because the IFP is feeling buoyed by its success in last week’s by-elections,” Madlala said.

The party won three wards including one from the ANC in Nkandla — President Jacob Zuma’s home town.

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