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Dec 13 2012 8:33AM
 
IFP expects 3000 at conference
RULER: IFP leader Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi is expected to retain his position at the party’s conference. Picture: Themba Maseko
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Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

The IFP is confident it will hold a successful conference with 3 000 delegates expected to descend on Ulundi tomorrow.

IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said despite the shortcomings of the past three years the party had regrouped and was in a position to hold a conference.

He said the IFP was beseiged with problems during 2009 and could not have an elective conference. He said the party would emerge from this elective conference stronger.

On leadership positions Mazibuko said delegates would decide who to nominate and vote for.

The New Age
understands that the national council of the IFP approved party leader in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, Blessed Gwala, to be elected national chairperson.

Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi held the position for a few years until she dumped the IFP to form her own party, the National Freedom Party.

Mazibuko said he was not aware that Gwala would be contesting for the position.

He said it was up to the 3000 delegates to choose who they wanted for the position.

Mazibuko also denied knowledge that IFP Women’s Brigade national executive committee member Sibongile Nkomo would be elected secretary-general.

The position has been vacant since Musa Zondi left the party three years ago.

Mazibuko said it has not been easy for the party since it faced internal ructions in 2009.

With this conference the party would build a solid foundation for the future, said Mazibuko. He said IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi would deliver the keynote address on Saturday.

But the delegates will discuss internal party issues during the first day of the conference, said Mazibuko.

It would also look ahead to the 2014 general elections.

The party will look to consolidate its support where it has strong structures.

Mazibuko said that they wanted the IFP to come out of the conference with a clear focus on challenges facing it and the country.

siyabongam@thenewage.co.za

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