THERE are strong indications that the relationship between IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and party chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has soured.
This comes amid allegations that Magwaza-Msibi had aligned herself with the disgruntled IFP Youth Brigade who have been calling for "fresh blood" in the party leadership.
Earlier this year at a national council meeting characterised by demonstrations by the youth demanding changes, Magwaza-Msibi was allegedly sidelined by senior party leadership for chairing the meeting. It is believed that the leadership's decision was reinforced by the allegation that she supported the youth.
Eight youth leaders, suspended for being considered ringleaders in the calls for a revamp in party leadership structures, did not attend the weekend meeting.
The IFP had called a special three-day indaba to deal with youth concerns and the embarrassment cau sed to the party.
Magwaza-Msibi did not attend the opening on Friday after submitting a sick note.
But she attended the Saturday meeting, though she did not attend yesterday's one amid growing reports that moves are afoot to strip her of her chairperson powers.
The suspended youth leaders are said to be keeping a low profile and organising behind the scenes ahead of the elective conference set to take place between July and October .