Thulasizwe Buthelezi

National chairperson of the lnkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade

Thulasizwe, the national chairperson of the lnkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade, is said to very close to IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. But he is not related to the IFP leader. He was appointed head of the IFP’s youth division in 2004 replacing Sibusisiwe Ngubane, who resigned to focus on her studies. The young leader is a staunch critic of members of his party who have defected to other parties.

Thulasizwe began his political career as the founder of the IFP Youth Desk at the University of Cape Town in 2001. In the same year he also worked at the Parliamentary Monitoring Group in Cape Town. He became deputy National Chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade in 2003 before moving on to his current position. He was appointed member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature in March 2006, as a reward for his loyalty to the IFP leader. He is a member of the IFP’s national executive committee.

His business interests include a directorship of media scheduling and marketing company Phethula Communications and chairing Malizwe Trading, a resources and property development company. Buthelezi is also the founder of the Young Women in Finance Conference.

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