Founder of Inkatha Freedom Party, and long-serving Prime Minister to AmaZulu King, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has died at the age of 95. His passing was announced by the Presidency on Saturday morning. He had recently spent a lengthy period in hospital.

He has been described as an outstanding leader who had played a role throughout South Africa’s history.

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“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. Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party,” said the president.

“Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been an outstanding leader in the political and cultural life of our nation. Including the ebbs and flows of our liberation struggle, the transition which secured our freedom in 1994 and our democratic dispensation.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has died at the age of 95
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

“Prince Buthelezi, who served as the democratic South Africa’s first Minister of Home Affairs, passed away in the early hours of today, Saturday, 9 September 2023. Just two weeks after the celebration of his 95th birthday.”

“My thoughts and prayers and those of government and our nation go out to the Royal Household. Who have been blessed to share uMntwana waKwaPhindangene’s extended lifetime with him, as well as to the Zulu Nation and the leadership and membership of the Inkatha Freedom Party.


Announcements will be made in due course. Based on consultations between the government and the family, on the arrangements to mourn and honour the Inkosi of the Buthelezi clan as a formidable leader who has played a significant role in our country’s history for seven decades.”

“We shall, in due course, reflect more extensively on his extraordinary life. Diverse contributions to the development of our nation.

“At this point in time, we embrace the Buthelezi clan in their mourning. Pray that the soul of the Prince rests in peace.”