Tributes are pouring in over Buthelezi’s passing


Several organizations and political parties expressed their condolences on Saturday with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death.

RNews earlier reported that Buthelezi, former leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party and traditional prime minister of the Zulus, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was 95 years old.

Velenkosini Hlabisa, president of the IVP, said the party was devastated by this “unspeakable loss to the IVP, the Zulu nation, our country and the greater cause of justice and peace”.

“On behalf of the IVP, I also express my condolences to King Misuzulu kaZwelithini and the royal Zulu family.”

Hlabisa also expressed his condolences to the Buthelezi clan, for whom Prince Buthelezi served as Inkosi for seven decades.

“Many will feel his loss, especially those who benefited from his leadership and those who followed his example of someone who acts with a serving heart.”

John Steenhuisen, leader of the Democratic Alliance, also expressed his condolences to “the family who lost a loved one to death, the IVP and the Zulu nation who lost a great leader and to all South Africans who lost a founder has”.

“Prince Buthelezi was a giant in South Africa’s political landscape. He will forever live on in our hearts and minds as a true servant-leader who dedicated his life to improving the lives of others and fighting for freedom. We honor his unwavering commitment to a peaceful, just and free country.”

Dr. Pieter Groenewald, leader of the FF Plus, says Buthelezi was a symbol of respect and dignity in parliament. “He commanded respect from all with his dignity and actions and was respected across political lines.

“He is the only Zulu leader who apologized for the misdeeds and murders against Voortrekkers. This serves as proof that he was a leader from the heart who did not shy away from the truth.”

Groenewald says Buthelezi also did not hesitate to point out the ANC government’s mistakes and address it.

“His death is a loss not only for his next of kin and the Zulu people, but also for South Africa. May he rest in peace.”

Herman Mashaba, president of ActionSA, says it is a sad day for the province.

“He was the longest serving traditional prime minister of the AmaZulu to three successive Zulu kings dating back to King Cyprian Bhekuzulu. He was at the forefront of securing King Misuzulu kaZwelithini’s succession to the throne.

“Buthelezi was a giant who played an instrumental role in the struggle for democracy during the apartheid regime and served as Minister of Internal Affairs from 1994 to 2004. He led the political kingdom of the Zulus with unflinching excellence, full of conscience, integrity and highly emotional intelligence.”

Mmusi Maimane, leader of Build One South Africa (Bosa), says Buthelezi’s contribution to the Zulu community is immeasurable. “He was a curator of knowledge and values. His leadership of the IVP and role in the transition of our country formed a significant part of our democracy.”

I think of and pray for his family, the IVP and the kingdom of the Zulu nation.

Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape, also expressed his condolences.

“As a veteran of South African politics, he helped shape the country’s political landscape after 1994. He played an essential role in South Africa’s transition to democracy. He has consistently shown wise leadership and real patriotism. His loss will be felt everywhere.”

Winde says he is thinking of Buthelezi’s family and loved ones, as well as the Zulu nation.

Jan Bosman, general secretary of the Afrikanerbond, also notes with great sadness the passing of Buthelezi.

“On behalf of our chairman, Dries Wiese and the national council of the Afrikanerbond, we would like to convey our sincere sympathy and condolences to his family and friends and also to every South African.”

Bosman shared an empathy with the royal family, traditional leaders, and the Zulu nation.

“Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was one of the torchbearers who kept the hopes and expectations of democratic South Africa high. It is now for every South African to hold up the torch of reconciliation and promote the values ​​that Prince Mangosothu Buthelezi stood for until the end of his life.

“The Afrikanerbond has been in contact with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi several times in discussions at parliament. His remarkable greeting message to the Afrikanerbond with our Centenary celebration stands out. The extract is important to us because it was the basis of the mutual respect: ‘My own identity as a member of the Zulu nation has always taught me to respect other cultures as well. I know how deeply you value your traditions, culture and language and how these values ​​shape your identity more than anything else. I believe that this sense of identity is power, not only for the Afrikaner nation but for South Africa as a whole. It is true that our country is a home that we all share. Our past is here. We are here now and our future is here, in the country. That’s why it is important that we join hands to find solutions to all the problems we face, knowing that our contributions are unique. The Afrikaner nation has always tackled problems with unparalleled dedication’.” Click here to read the full message.

Bosman says the role of Buthelezi in decades of nation-building, reconciliation and efforts for peace in violence-stricken areas cannot be underestimated. “His integrity, leadership, wisdom and insights made him one of the outstanding leaders of the transition to the new dispensation in 1994. Today, almost 30 years later, we honor his legacy.”