Somebody important and influential in the IFP needs to get his associates to wake up and smell the coffee. There is no denying that the party's founder and leader Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi has built the party into a formidable force over the years. Its contribution to South African politics may be ridiculed but never denied.
But the recent elections, in which the IFP came fourth, showed that that force is now spent.
The IFP, if it is to retain whatever little relevance it might still have, must start to be seen as blooding new talent.
We agree with the youth factions of the party: give it up, Shenge, you have run your race.