Traditional Leadership and Governance


From the very start, during constitutional negotiations towards democracy, the IFP insisted that the Zulu monarch and the institution of Ubukhosi be recognised and have a role in a democratic South Africa. For decades, the IFP has pushed for the role, powers and functions of traditional leaders to be defined in legislation. The IFP has consistently placed traditional leadership at the center of our local governance strategy. Our Founder, the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, championed the Ingonyama Trust to keep the communal land of the Zulu Kingdom under the custodianship of His Majesty the King, administered by traditional leaders, thereby giving families access to land to live on and produce food.


  • Protect and sustain the institution of traditional leadership.
  • Respect, capacitate and adequately compensate traditional leaders.
  • Prioritise the protection and safety of traditional leaders.
  • Support the work of traditional leaders to promote and regenerate our society’s moral fibre.
  • Help traditional leaders to promote communal economies through self-help and self- reliance programmes and projects.
  • Assist traditional leaders to promote peace, stability and social cohesion in their communities.
  • Champion the amendment of Chapters 7 and 12 of the Constitution to spell out the role, powers and functions of traditional leaders.
  • Assist traditional leaders to develop communal land and provide leaders and their communities with equipment, seeds, fertilizer and training, to cultivate the land.
  • Enhance the objectives of, and extend the Ingonyama Trust model to other provinces in consultation with traditional leaders to ensure security of tenure.