Mangosuthu Buthelezi will return to the National Assembly

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has chosen to return to Parliament as an MP in the recently elected National Assembly.

The 90-year-old has no intention of retiring any time soon, despite rumours.

Buthelezi will return to Cape Town next week to be sworn in, and forms part of a handful of MPs who have been in parliament since 1994.

He says he will remain president of the IFP until the party holds it’s next elective conference, which is expected to be held soon.

The party increased their seats in the National Assembly by four since the last election which shows their support has grown.

They also displaced the Democratic

Alliance (DA) by becoming the official opposition in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

Buthelezi told SowetanLIVE that he did not nominate secretary general Velenkosini Hlabisa to be his successor, he had however been elected through an extended national council in October 2017.

The IFP leader also said the party’s success in the election on May 8 was based on himself and his strong leadership team, and it has proved that the party will survive more elections to come.