On the morning of Saturday, September 9th, President Cyril Ramaphosa shared the somber news of the death of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch.
The veteran leader’s death comes just a fortnight after celebrating his 95th birthday and follows a period of hospitalization, including time spent in the Intensive Care Unit, due to health complications initially arising from prolonged back pain.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was not only the Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party but also served as South Africa’s first democratic Minister of Home Affairs.
In a heartfelt announcement on X (formerly known as Twitter), President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his deep sorrow:
“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.”
See post of Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the death of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelez:
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.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been an… pic.twitter.com/pqa2iJpysz
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 9, 2023
Following the President’s announcement, an outpouring of tributes has begun, although funeral arrangements have not yet been disclosed.
President Ramaphosa conveyed his condolences to the Royal Household, who had the privilege of sharing an extended lifetime with uMntwana waKwaPhindangene, and extended his sympathies to the Zulu Nation, the leadership, and membership of the Inkatha Freedom Party.
The President also noted that details concerning the mourning and honoring of the Inkosi of the Buthelezi clan, a prominent leader whose influence spanned seven decades in South Africa’s history, will be provided in due course after consultations between the government and the family.