The party, which was formed in 1975, is expected to elect a new leader next week.
Its current president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has been at the helm for 35 years.
Vying for the position are Buthelezi, national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and general secretary Musa Zondi.
As in any democratic formation, there is jostling and lobbying for leadership positions.
The IFP is finding itself in that political position, ostensibly for the first time in its history spanning more than three decades.
Now it cannot handle it.
We are told that Magwaza-Msibi has been told by Buthelezi to rein in her supporters, whom he alleges are ill-disciplined.
Her supporters see that as an attempt to thwart her political ambition to become the party’s second president – and first female president.
They claim Buthelezi spared Zondi the same dressing-down though his supporters were also vocal.
They also claim the party leadership had even asked her to leave and form her own.
Now Magwaza-Msibi is to appear before the party’s national council for “misconduct”.
That is democracy, IFP-style.
Behind this whole hullabaloo, Magwaza-Msibi’s supporters claim Buthelezi has a vendetta against her.
They claim it all started when he unceremoniously removed her position as mayor in the Zululand district municipality.
Internal strife has consumed the party to an extent where its leadership spends most of its time in remonstrations, court battles and street marches.
Previous efforts to inject a new leadership into the party saw Ziba Jiyane trouncing Buthelezi’s preferred candidate, Lionel Mtshali.
As expected, Jiyane did not last, leading to his leaving the party citing party bureaucracy standing between him and his duties.
While we cannot dictate how the party should conduct its business, we are concerned about reports of an alleged arms cache having been smuggled into an IFP meeting last weekend.
The party, which Buthelezi formed after being instructed by late ANC leader Oliver Tambo, should know better that the time for bloodletting is long past!