Chief Buthelezi considers registering the IFP for April 1994 election

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Tuesday, 1 March 1994

Three days before the 4 March deadline for registering parties, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi announced in Durban that he was considering registering his Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). The elections were set to take place on April 27. This announcement emerged after several hours of talks between the African National Congress (ANC) president Nelson Mandela and IFP leader Buthelezi in Durban the day before. Both the IFP and the ANC were also going to explore possible international mediation to resolve outstanding constitutional deadlocks. Buthelezi said the IFP was determined to contest the election, but added that his party's demands, as contained in the Freedom Alliance's proposals, had to be met.

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This article was produced for South African History Online on 29-Sep-2011