Mangosuthu Buthelezi is a prominent South African politician and traditional leader who has played a significant role in the country’s history.
He was born on August 27, 1928, in Mahlabathini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Buthelezi is the founder and former leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a political party that was formed in 1975 to represent the interests of the Zulu people in South Africa.
He served as the party’s leader for over 40 years before stepping down in 2019.
In addition to his political career, Buthelezi is also a traditional leader.
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He is the current head of the Buthelezi clan, one of the largest clans in the Zulu nation, and holds the title of Inkosi, which is the Zulu word for chief.
Buthelezi played a significant role in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
He was a vocal opponent of the apartheid regime and worked closely with other anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela.
Buthelezi also played a key role in the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid and the establishment of a democratic government in South Africa.
Throughout his career, Buthelezi has been recognized for his contributions to South Africa.
He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Order of the British Empire and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, which is one of South Africa’s highest honors.
Is Mangosuthu Buthelezi still alive?
Buthelezi passed away on September 9, 2023, at the age of 95.
His death was announced in a statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, but it did not say where he died or give a cause.
Buthelezi was the oldest Member of Parliament in his country at the time of his death.
He served as the Chief Minister of the KwaZulu bantustan during apartheid and founded the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in 1975.
Buthelezi also served as Minister of Home Affairs from 1994 to 2004.