Definition of Inkatha in English:


(also Inkatha Freedom Party, IFP)

Pronunciation /inˈkädə/ /ɪnˈkɑdə/

proper noun

  • A mainly Zulu political party and organization in South Africa, founded in 1928 and revived in 1975 by Chief Buthelezi. It has a professed aim of racial equality and universal franchise in South Africa, but progress toward political reform was obstructed by violent clashes between Inkatha factions and members of the rival ANC.


From Zulu inkatha‘crown of woven grass’, a tribal emblem symbolizing the force unifying the Zulu nation.