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September 26, 2023

Mourners gather in South Africa for funeral of controversial Zulu prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

On Wednesday 24th February 2021, mourners gathered in South Africa to pay their last respects to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a controversial Zulu leader and traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation who passed away at the age of 94. The funeral took place at the KwaPhindangene Royal Palace in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal Province. The service was attended by thousands of mourners, including senior government officials, traditional leaders and members of Prince Buthelezi’s political party, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). Prior to his death, Prince Buthelezi had played a prominent role in South African politics for decades, having been a powerful leader and outspoken critic of the African National Congress (ANC). His funeral was marked with poignant speeches from traditional leaders, family members and representatives of political parties, with many acknowledging his important role in nation-building. Prince Buthelezi was also celebrated for his advocacy for the recognition and protection of the rights and culture of the Zulu people, and he is seen as a hero to many Zulus for his ceaseless efforts in defending their traditional land rights. The funeral was also a time for peace, with senior members of the ANC and IFP speaking of the need for unity and reconciliation. This sentiment was echoed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who praised Prince Buthelezi for his leadership and his commitment to building bridges between communities. Prince Buthelezi’s death has been widely mourned across South Africa and beyond, as he continues to be remembered and celebrated for his many contributions to the country’s democracy.