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Ailing IFP founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi dies at 95

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa sadded by the passing of ailing founder of founder of IFP, Prince Mandosuthu Buthelezi, who died aged 95 early on Saturday morning after a lengthy spell in hospital.

Pretoria – Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has passed away.

Announcing Buthelezi’s passing on Saturday morning, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “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”.

The President added: “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 that secured our freedom in 1994, and our democratic dispensation”.

Prince Buthelezi, who served as democratic South Africa’s first Minister of Home Affairs, passed away in the early hours of today, Saturday (September 9, 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 shareuMntwana waKwaPhindangene’s extended lifetime with him, as well as to the Zulu Nation and the leadership and membership of the Inkatha Freedom Party,” said President Ramaphosa.

He said 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”.

President Ramaphosa, who is attending the G20 Summit in India, added: “We shall, in due course, reflect more extensively on his extraordinary life and diverse contributions to the development of our nation. “At this point in time, we embrace the Buthelezi clan in their mourning and pray that the soul of the Prince rests in peace.”

Prince Buthelezi had been hospitalised with back pain complications and had reportedly experienced high blood pressure.

According to a statement released by his family after President Ramaphosa moving tribute, Buthelezi died “quietly and painlessly”.

“We realise that this loss will be deeply felt by many and that many will wish to express their condolences and pay their respects in the days ahead. The family will engage His Majesty the King and the Royal Family, His Excellency the President, the Buthelezi Clan and the leadership of the Inkatha Freedom Party as the necessary funeral arrangements are made. Further details in this regard will be announced in due course,” the family further said in a statement.

Original article: Ailing IFP Founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Passes Away At 95 – The Bulrushes

*Additional reporting by NOWinSA

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