The IFP's new top six revealed

The IFP's new president Velenkosini Hlabisa's term will run over the next five years and he will serve with returning party heavyweights like Narend Singh.

Velenkosini Hlabisa and Narend Singh at the IFP's general elective conference on 23 August 2019 in uLundi, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

KWAZULU-NATAL - The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) officially elected Velenkosini Hlabisa as new party leader on Sunday morning.

Hlabisa previously served as the party's secretary general.

He is currently the leader of the official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

The 54-year-old takes over from Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who founded the party and led it for over 44 years.

Hlabisa's term will run over the next five years.

The new president - who was the IFP's secretary general until now - gave a brief acceptance speech.

“This evening was the ending of an era and the beginning of a new season.”

Six other party heavyweights make up the party's top leadership.


President - Velenkosini Hlabisa

Deputy president - Mzamo Buthelezi (returns to the same position)

National chairperson: Blessed Gwala

Deputy chairperson - Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa (former women's brigade president)

Secretary general - Siphosethu Ngcobo

Deputy secretary general - Albert Mncwango

Treasurer general - Narend Singh (returns to the same position)

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)