Makhosandile Zulu
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30 Sep 2019
6:45 am

Velenkosini Hlabisa: From school teacher to IFP president

Makhosandile Zulu

The party president was recently elected to take over the reins from longtime IFP leader Mangosutho Buthelezi.

Inkatha Freedom Party leader Velenkosini Hlabisa speaks to The Citizen, Industria West, 25 September 2019. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Newly elected Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president Velenkosini Hlabisa believes the party is steadily growing beyond the borders of its home province, KwaZulu-Natal. Born in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal in the town of Hlabisa, the IFP has been his political home since the age of 13, when he joined the IFP Youth Brigade, in 1978. After matriculating in 1983, Hlabisa studied at the University of South Africa and at the University of Zululand. Hlabisa did a five-year teaching stint at Ngebeza High School before being promoted to principal of Somfula High School. It was during this time he was...