Though he is not related to Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Thulasizwe Buthelezi is a mover and shaker in the party. At 26, it is clear that he is among the successor candidates to the octogenarian who has always led the IFP. The younger Buthelezi styles himself as a moderniser. His CV lists as a high point the hosting of the Inkatha Youth Brigade conference in Durban and not its Ulundi stronghold in December last year. He is the brigade's national chairperson and the founder of the IFP Youth Desk at the University of Cape Town. Since 2006, he has served as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature. "I am an outspoken proponent of getting rid of the ageing deadwood and infusing new blood into IFP structures in Parliament and at all levels,� says Buthelezi. Though he is bent on yanking the IFP from Ulundi into the mainstream, he is a director of Malizwe Trading, a company building a R50-million property trading in Ulundi.

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