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Mangosuthu Buthelezi Biography


Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi is a South African politician and Zulu tribal leader who founded what became the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975 and was Chief Minister of the KwaZulu bantustan until 1994. He was Minister of Home Affairs of South Africa from 1994 to 2004.

He is often referred to as Shenge, which is part of the Buthelezi clan praises.[1] Buthelezi, a member of Zulu royalty, is also the Traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu nation.

The Honourable Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP

BORN: 27 August 1928 (age 93)

HOME TOWN: Mahlabathini, Union of South Africa

PARENT: Magogo kaDinuzulu (mother) and Mathole Buthelezi (father)

SPOUSE: Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila ​(m. 1952; died 2019)

CHILDREN: Lethuxolo Buthelezi, Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, Zuzifa Buthelezi, Nelisuzulu Benedict Buthelezi, Phumaphesheya Buthelezi, Phumzile Buthelezi, Mabhuku Snikwakonke Buthelezi, Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, Mandisi Sibukakonke Buthelezi

OCCUPATION: Politician, Zulu tribal leader, Zulu chief,  anti-apartheid activist


AWARDS: Freedom of Ngwelezana awarded by Ngwelezana (1988), Unity, Justice and Peace Award by Inkatha Youth Brigad (1988), Magna Award for Outstanding Leadership awarded by Hong Kong (1988), Honorary Freedom of the City of Pinetown awarded by City of Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal (1986)…

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