Hon. Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi

Deputy President of the IFP

Hon. Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi, MP serves as the Deputy President of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and holds the esteemed position of Inkosi of the Buthelezi Clan at Embongongweni. He is also a Prince, as he is a direct descendant of King Mpande.

Born on 16 February 1977 in Louwsburg (Ngotshe), Inkosi Buthelezi attended Bilanyoni Primary School and Kwasa High School in Paulpietersburg, before studying Marketing and Business Management in Vryheid.

Inkosi Buthelezi worked in various roles before entering politics. He took a keen interest in the welfare of animals and started working as a veterinary assistant before beginning his career in the banking and finance sector for one of South Africa’s largest banks.

He became involved in nature conservation within his community and played an instrumental role in developing the current strategy for the People and Parks Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs.

He is the former Chairperson of the KZN People and Parks Forum.

Inkosi Buthelezi was one of the first chairpersons elected to serve on the Itshelejuba Hospital Board, at a time when boards were established to play an oversight role at hospitals.

In government, Inkosi Buthelezi has served as the Mayor of the Zululand District Municipality. He served as a member of the KZN Provincial Legislature and was a member of the Economic Development and Finance Committees.

Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi was elected to serve as the first Deputy President of the IFP in 2012, a position he still holds.

He has been elected to serve in Parliament as a Member of the National Assembly since 2012. He currently is a member of the portfolio committees on Finance and Public Enterprises.

Inkosi is passionate about conservation, people development, and all matters relating to finance and state-owned enterprises. He champions small business and entrepreneurship, encourages local economic development, and supports a healthy balance of public-private partnerships.

Outside of his role in politics, he is the former Board Chairperson of the Ithala Game Reserve, having served two terms and is currently the Chairperson of the Co-Management Committee.

A devout Christian, Inkosi Buthelezi frequently addresses church gatherings, sharing his message of faith and unity.

Inkosi Buthelezi is a devoted husband and father and cherishes time spent with his family.

He is a dedicated public servant and is committed to serving his country.

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