Pietermaritzburg – It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we bid farewell to one of the dedicated leaders of our time, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. An inspiration in our traditional leadership structure, he leaves behind an irreplaceable void, having shared his profound wisdom and guidance with countless individuals.
Prince Buthelezi’s legacy as a leader, a politician, and a philanthropist is etched in the annals of our history, and his principled character is an enduring testament to his remarkable leadership.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s passing is a monumental loss, and as the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, the Buthelezi Clan, the Zulu Royal Household, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and the entire nation. We mourn together during this somber moment.
UMntwana waKwaPhindangene, as he was effectively known, had a profound impact on the preservation and advancement of traditional leadership in our province that cannot be overstated. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of local traditional councils, and even after relinquishing his chairmanship, he continued to serve with unwavering commitment.
As the Prime Minister to the Zulu King and Zulu Nation, uMntwana diligently ensured that the structures of traditional leadership was upheld and respected within the framework of our democratic dispensation.
As the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs we deeply value Prince Mangosuthu’s contributions to the traditional leadership sphere. He was a resounding voice for Amakhosi, tirelessly advocating for their rights and responsibilities.
Condolences to the family, friends and Indlunkulu kaZulu.
Issued by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi