South Africa is mourning the loss of a revered leader and Zulu Prince, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who has passed away at the age of 95. The news of his death was confirmed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Let’s delve into the life of Mangosuthu Buthelezi and explore the details surrounding his passing.
Who was Mangosuthu Buthelezi?
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced with deep sadness, “I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Prince of KwaPhindangene, Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation, and the Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party.” Mangosuthu Buthelezi was also South Africa’s first Minister of Home Affairs during the democratic era. His death occurred just two weeks after celebrating his 95th birthday.
The Cause of His Death
President Ramaphosa did not disclose the specific cause of Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death in his statement. However, given his advanced age, it is highly likely that his deteriorating health due to old age played a significant role. Earlier this year, he was admitted to a hospital on August 1, 2023, due to back problems, but he was discharged on September 2, 2023. It is speculated that age-related ailments may have contributed to his passing. Any official information regarding his cause of death will be updated as it becomes available.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Family
Mangosuthu Buthelezi was the father of eight children. While many were curious about how many wives he had, he was only married to his wife Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila, who passed away in March 2019. Together, they had eight children. Tragically, five of their children had already passed away before Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death. He is survived by three children: Phumzile Buthelezi, Zuzifa Buthelezi, and Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi. The children who predeceased him were Phumaphesheya Buthelezi, Nelisuzulu Benedict, Lethuxolo Buthelezi, Mabhuku Snikwakonke Buthelezi, and Mandisi Sibukakonke Buthelezi.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s legacy goes beyond his political career. He was born on August 27, 1928, into the Zulu royal family, the son of Princess Magogo kaDinzulu and Inkosi Mathole Buthelezi. In the 1964 film “Zulu,” he portrayed his own great-grandfather, Zulu King Cetshwayo. Throughout his life, he served as the longest-serving prime minister of the Zulu Kingdom, working with three kings: King Cyprian Bhekuzulu, King Goodwill Zwelithini, and King Misuzulu KaZwelithini.
South Africa has lost a remarkable leader, and tributes have been pouring in from various quarters. Many are sharing their condolences and memories of Mangosuthu Buthelezi on social media platforms. He will be remembered not only for his political contributions but also for his role as a statesman, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
the passing of Mangosuthu Buthelezi marks the end of an era in South Africa’s history. His life and legacy will continue to inspire generations to come, and the nation mourns the loss of a true leader. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and all those who admired and respected him.