“There is a transition plan in place and preparations to hand over power to the next generation are already under way,” senior member of the IFP national council, Mntomuhle Khaula, said.
Addressing villagers in eMaqadeni outside Inanda, Khaula said the IFP had come up with strategies to address weaknesses. “That is why we have now created the position of deputy-president currently occupied by Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi,” he said.
Discussions on succession previously caused upheavals, resulting in a split that saw a faction in the party led by its former chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Ka
Msibi, launch an opposition political party – the National Freedom Party (NFP).
The Magwaza-KaMsibi camp, which had wanted her to take over from Buthelezi, 85, who has been at the helm since the formation of the IFP in 1975, met a wall of resistance from party stalwarts, which lead to her quitting.
Mzamo Buthelezi said the squabbles were over and that the party was now ready to govern the country and deliver in accordance with their needs, particularly in the critical area of education.
“The current (education) system prioritises quantity over quality,” he said. “We want to refocus the curriculum to concentrate on quality,” he said.
The local induna, Bongukwenza Ngcobo, said the ANC-led government had failed to provide quality education to the poor. “The government has perpetuated the system of separate development, where the poor get inferior quality of education while children of the rich attend well- equipped schools – this is a new form of apartheid,” he said.