Statement of the Inkatha Freedom Party National Executive Committee on the Passing of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, IFP Founder and President EmeritusInkosi of the Buthelezi Clan and Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation

Sep 9, 2023 | Press Releases

The passing of our Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, is a sad, profound loss for the IFP and for South Africa.

Prince Buthelezi was a freedom fighter and patriot who loved his country and served it diligently throughout his life.

This is a loss that we feel deeply, which even time will not heal.

We derive comfort from the knowledge that Shenge passed as he lived, in peace.

Throughout his life, the Prince of KwaPhindangene worked tirelessly for South Africa’s freedom, development, and democracy.

His legacy is that of servant leadership to South Africa, and we salute Prince Buthelezi for his selfless service. Indeed, he is the stone that the builders rejected, which became the cornerstone.

The IFP would like to thank all South Africans and people from around the world for their messages of condolence and support, as well as their prayers, during this difficult time of colossal loss.

At a Special NEC Meeting today, it was resolved that all IFP activities will be suspended until further notice.

A Special National Council of the IFP will sit on Monday, 11 September 2023.

An IFP National Memorial Service will be held, details of which will be announced in due course, after consultations with the family.

Funeral service details will also be announced in due course, upon finalisation.

We mourn our leader and remain committed to honouring his legacy.

IFP National Spokesperson
Hon. Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
071 111 0539

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