A battle for the leadership of the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is looming between the mayor of Nkandla local municipality, Thamsanqa Ntuli, and the party’s provincial chairperson, Mbangiseni Yengwa.The duo will go head to head at the IFP’s provincial elective conference expected to take place on November 4 in Ulundi.Ntuli, who is the IFP’s current chairperson in uThungulu district, is seen as a rising star in the party. A few years ago he became a mayor of the Nkandla after the party wrestled power from the rival ANC-National Freedom Party (NFP) coalition. He presides over the area that includes President Jacob Zuma’s palatial home.Ntuli’s supporters say he is a modernist who will rejuvenate the IFP. They also believe he will help the party appeal to a wider audience and perhaps give it a fighting chance of achieving its goal of capturing much of the province in the 2019 elections.However, this does not mean that Ntuli has much of a chance in succeeding the party’s 88-year-old founder, Pri...

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