Mangosuthu Buthelezi is expected to step down as the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader. The party’s secretary-general Velenkosini Hlabisa has been touted as the next leader to take over the reigns.

The IFP is going to its National elective conference in Ulundi, in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The conference will start on Friday with hundreds of members expected to attend.

In 2017, the party announced Hlabisa as a person most likely to be elected as leader should Buthelezi decide to finally step down.

The IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says Hlabisa is only one candidate for the position of president.

“Extended national council has processed nominations and will be presenting the conference for the position of president will be Velenkosini Hlabisa, deputy president will be inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi, for national chairperson it will be Blessed Gwala, for deputy national chairperson will be Madlopha Mthethwa, for Secretary General will be Siphosethu Ngcobo, deputy general it will be Albert Mncwango and his Deputy will be Narend Singh. And on top that elections of members of the national council which must be elected by the conference to that 100 member body will take place during this conference as well.”