Another Buthelezi set to lead IFP

2012-12-17 08:32

Pietermaritzburg - Some of the key words associated with politicians are “ambition” and “arrogance”, but not for Mzamo Buthelezi, who says he believes in humility and consultation.

Buthelezi, 36, was confirmed on Saturday as next in line to succeed Mangosuthu Buthelezi when he retires as leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Not much is known about him outside the IFP. This traditional leader from Mbongombongweni in Zululand holds strong views about the role that traditional leadership can play in helping rural communities.

He wants to protect the interests of women as they participate significantly in small-scale and subsistence agriculture. He also wants women leaders in rural areas, as well as female amakhosi, to be heard and recognised throughout the country.

IFP elective conference

Buthelezi was elected unopposed on Saturday at the IFP’s 34th elective conference in Ulundi. He was fast-tracked to the top above veterans such as Blessed Gwala and Albert Mncwango.

Buthelezi is the chairperson of the party’s political oversight committee, and also served in the leadership of IFP Youth Brigade.

The IFP amended its constitution at the weekend and created the position of deputy president in the hope of realising a smooth transition. This came after the bitter experiences of its 2009 elective conference, which was marred by chaos and resulted in a split that saw the formation of the National Freedom Party.

It hurt the IFP, with the loss of 1.2m votes in the general election of that year, and the loss of at least 30 municipalities, according to national organiser Mfanje Mbango.

Nepotism allegations

Mzamo Buthelezi was born in Paulpietersburg, where he attended primary and high school. He became an inkosi in 2003 after the death of his father. He is married with three children.

He dismissed as “trash” allegations of nepotism because he has the same surname as the IFP leader.

“Yes, in the house of Buthelezi and in the Zulu culture those of us with the same surname are related, but I have used my membership and ability to get to where I am. There are lots of Buthelezis and this is a non-issue.”

Mangosuthu Buthelezi was re-elected unopposed and will see through the leadership transition.

Gwala was elected national chairperson and Mncwango his deputy. Sibongile Nkomo, a veteran leader in the women’s brigade, was elected secretary-general.

  • alan.davis.5249 - 2012-12-17 09:15

    Why was this not given the same news coverage as the ANC? Oops i forgot, SABC stands for ANCTV. Equality at it's worst! IFP, lay a formal complaint please.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-12-17 09:40

      Come on, this is like reporting on Griffons rugby - only 10 people will think it is important.

      wonder.dila - 2012-12-17 09:41

      Is it only SABC who shunned this tribal grouping? I didn't see a special coverage on e-NCA or any major publication as well, should the litigation include all media houses?

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-18 01:23

      Why report on a fiefdom? This was just not an election but an anointing.

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-12-17 09:30

    Buthelezi is the isiZulu equivalent of van der Merwe so there cries of nepotism seem a little pathetic. Maybe some young blood is what the IFP needs to revive it.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-12-17 09:47

      Maybe you meant "fresh blood"?

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-17 11:02

    This is disgusting to see IFP elect Mangosutho the leader of the party again, youth or young generation could have been elected to the party leadership in order to rebuilt the party Mangosotho is old and need to rest, by so doing it seems IFP has no proper leadership transition or either their young generation has no guds to can lead the party,how on earth can one be a party for such time without being elected out and another leader took over the reigns? an unoppossed elected leader for decades shows clearly that IFP is not organised whereby one person can lead a party for such time.

  • musa.kamashobane - 2012-12-17 11:03

    Africa here we come, politics of descendency, honorable Mangosuthu please retire now. Tata Mandela did the honorable by retiring early, except that he left behind corrupt cadres like shower man.

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-17 11:22

    This is straight and forward IFP is a family and relative party of Buthelezi no one will rule or lead that party as long as he or she is not from Buthelezi relative or family,that is why NFP was formed because Mrs Msibi wanted to contest leadership position with Buthelezi and as such she was not allowed and was expelled from the party. If they are working on transition,why did they not appointed a senior member from the party and then elect Buthezi as the next deputy once Mangosotho is not in leadership? IFP no no no is time to change otherwise the party will end up only ruling certain rural portions in KZN and will never rule the province again and lastly entire country.

  • sexyfancyface - 2012-12-17 18:19

    Buthelezi is a typical African despot I mean really folks..

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-17 20:46

    so Gatsha has chosen his relative to take over from him when he dies, because he is never going to retire. what about those who have served the Inkatha years such as Gwala and Mncwango. hahahhahahaha IFP is going down the drain and i lov it

      glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-10 22:24

      Read the article. Gatsha had nothing to do with it. Viva Buthelezi!! Beyate!

      Thando Mathenjwa - 2013-10-30 09:58

      No I don't think so! The fact that Mzamo is young and innovative means a new beginning for IFP. He is what IFP needs to bridge the gap between the young and the old to bring about change and transformation. If the old principles and its old didn't work now its time for new blood, new ideas, fresh minds to move forward! I see IFP rising and shinning! ANC must watch out! NFP is not a factor! There has always been 2 parties!!!

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-10 22:22

    Congrats Mzamo Buthelezi, Let us now get rid of the the vile anc!

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