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THE IFP's much anticipated elective conference scheduled for next month and the platform at which its president is confirmed might not take place as expected.
Party national organiser Mangaqa Mncwango told Sowetan yesterday that the possibility of the elective conference taking place depends entirely on how soon the party is able to re-launch its branches and renew its membership.
The term of office of the branch committees runs for only a year.
The party did not have an elective conference last year because most of the branches were "not in good standing".
"It's all systems go for the conference. But whether we are able to hold it will depend entirely on how soon we re-launch our branches and renew our membership," Mncwango said.
"It must be understood that our branches' term of office is only a year, so we have to start by renewing membership.
"The conference is about branches, so if we don't have branches we can't have the conference."
He said the sooner they set up branches, the sooner they could hold the conference.
"Normally we start renewing branches around December, but because we had elections, it was decided that we should focus on the elections. Now that the elections have come and gone we are busy setting up branches," he said.
The IFP announced that it was going to hold its elective conference next month, after several internal conflicts between senior party leaders and its youth wing.
The IFP Youth Brigade called for leadership changes after the party's dismal performance in the April general elections.
The youth leaders went as far as calling for party president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to retire.