IFP President

IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa. Photo @vf_hlabisa on Twitter

IFP tells ANC the ball of reconciliation is in their hands

IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa, told ANC that the ball is in their hands when it comes to the issue of reconciliation.

IFP President

IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa. Photo @vf_hlabisa on Twitter

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president, Velenkosini Hlabisa has called on the African National Congress (ANC) to ensure the reconciliation process between the two parties goes on.

Velenkosini told the ANC delegation, which was led by Deputy President Paul Mashatile, that the ball regarding the issue of reconciliation between the IFP and the ANC is now in the court of the ANC party.

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He made the remarks during the visit by the ANC delegates to console with the family of the late Prince Buthelezi, the founder of IFP and a cultural prime minister of the Zulu Royal Kingdom at KwaPhindangene.

“I’m sure the ball is in the court of the ANC when it comes to the issue of reconciliation. As we all know, the prince wanted to close his eyes when the issue had been resolved, but unfortunately, it did not happen soon”. 

“We therefore have the responsibility, we who are still alive, to ensure that the reconciliation agenda is attended to as soon as possible because we owe it to the people of South Africa to ensure that we heal the wounds of the past”.

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Velenkosini went on to thank the ANC for the support they tendered to them as they prepare for the burial of IFP founding President Prince Mangothusu.

I want to appreciate all that you have demonstrated as an organisation because, indeed, we share a similar constituency”.

“The people who vote IFP are in the same areas as the people who vote ANC. Conflict is not necessary, but what we are all supposed to do is ensure that our people realise true freedom during their lifetime”. 


However, the ANC deputy president, Paul Mashatile, says both the ANC and the IFP have a responsibility to fulfil the wishes of the late IFP president emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, for the two parties to reconcile.

The two parties have been up in arms since the early 1990s. It’s estimated that about 20,000 people were killed during the early 1990s political violence between the two parties.

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Prince Buthelezi died on Saturday morning at the age of 95. According to the daughter, Princess Phumzile Buthelezi, the father died of a broken heart caused by disrespect from AmaZulu King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.

Buthelezi will be buried in his hometown of Ulundi, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.