Inkatha Freedom Party

2019-04-24 08:31
Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi hands out voter registration pamphlets to supporters in Durban. (File, Thuli Dlamini / Gallo Images / Sowetan)

LEADER: Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Liezel van der Merwe, Narend Singh, Mangaqa Mncwango, Themba Msimang.

PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULT: The party won 2.40% of the votes in the 2014 national elections, and 10 seats in the National Assembly.


Trust us – the IFP maintains that it is the only party to be trusted, with more than 40 years of experience and honest, good leadership.

Land redistribution with compensation – the IFP agrees that the land needs to be redistributed, but believes that it should be done in a way that protects the economy. The party promises to keep the administration of land in the hands of the people, while provincial government provides support for traditional leaders and emerging farmers.

Tough on crime – the party says it will begin a national debate on reinstating the death penalty to deter crime, as well as increasing minimum sentences for violent crimes and imposing "hard labour" on prisoners. It aims to empower traditional leaders, so they can assist with civil disputes.

Gender equality – the IFP is committed to helping women who, the party says, bear the brunt of poverty and exclusion from economic and social opportunities. These initiatives include free sanitary pads for girls, equal pay for equal work, reducing the high cost of medicine, and special training for police officers to deal with gender-based violence.

An inclusive economy – the party has pledged to encourage more foreign direct investment, create more employment opportunities for young people through a Department of Youth and Job Creation, establish transport solutions that address the needs of job seekers, and invest in greener governance and sustainable economic development in order to save the economy.

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- The 2019 elections place the IFP on a precipice, where it must bid farewell to what it once knew and attempt to chart a new vision for itself, one without its founder and only leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The 90-year-old will not be returning to Parliament when the 6th Parliament is elected.

- The IFP has seen a decline in support since its glory days in 1994, but after a splinter group, the National Freedom Party, failed to make a showing, the IFP is making a comeback. Not only is it growing in its home province of KwaZulu-Natal, but has shown similar signs in parts of Gauteng.

- The IFP had one of its worst performances ever in the 2014 national elections, winning 2.4% of the vote, compared to 4.5% in 2009, but remained the 4th largest party in Parliament.

- The IFP's recent history has been marred by violence and the perception that it is a Zulu nationalist party. In order to step away from this, the party added a few new faces to represent different races and genders at the top.

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