It is with profound sadness that we share the death news of the Chief of Inkosi Bithelezi clan Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Yes, you heard it right, Mangosuthu Buthelezi. The whole of South Africa has been shaken to its core due to the passing of Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Since Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi was pronounced dead, the people of South Africa have taken over their social profiles to exhibit their pain and sorrow over his death. Many are asking questions about Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death cause such as what happened to him and how he died. In the following sections, we have poured in everything that is confirmed about Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death cause at this time. In addition, we have also talked about Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s family in the later sections. You are asked to stick with this page and go through this column till the end. Drag down the page.
Who was Mangosuthu Buthelezi?
First of all, the news of Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death was confirmed and shared by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. He posted a statement on Saturday that says 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 Buthelezi, who served as the democratic South Africa’s first Minister of Home Affairs, passed away in the early hours of today, Saturday, 9 September 2023, just two weeks after the celebration of his 95th birthday.”
As the South African president said Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi breathed his last on early Saturday morning, he was 95 years of age at the time of his departure. However, the Zulu leader celebrated his 95th birthday two weeks before his demise. What was his cause of death? This question has been prevailing in every South African since the country’s president addressed the news. However, Cyril Ramaphosa omitted Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s cause of death in his statement.
The president further added Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has been an outstanding leader in the political and cultural life of our nation, including the ebbs and flows of our liberation struggle, the transition that secured our freedom in 1994, and our democratic dispensation,” Ramaphosa also extended his condolences to the Inkatha Freedom Party, the Zulu Nation, and the Royal Household during this time. While concluding his statement, the South African president added about the funeral and memorial arrangements for Mangosuthu Buthelezi. He said the last rite arrangements are due at this time. Swipe down the page and read more about his cause of death.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death cause explored
As mentioned, President Ramaphosa did not explain the actual cause of death of Zulu Nationalist Mangosuthu Buthelezi, It can not be certainly said what health complexity caused him to die at the age of 95 on Saturday, September 9, in the early morning but it is almost certain that Mangosuthu Buthelezi died because of his deteriorating health condition which was due to his old age. Reportedly, he was admitted to a hospital on August 1, 2023, due to back problems but he was discharged earlier this month on September 2. Mangosuthu Buthelezi might have died from age-related ailments. If anything official regarding the late Zulu politician’s cause of death comes up we will update this section. Scroll down the page and read about his wife and children.
— fcuktheanc (@fcuktheanc) September 10, 2023
— Gordon (@JaRon_SA) September 9, 2023
— Collen Nyiko (@collenyiko) September 9, 2023
In the words of Chris Hani, Gatsha Buthelezi was an apartheid collaborator and no amount of insults hurled against us who are reminding you of this legacy will change that. #MangosuthuButhelezi pic.twitter.com/2qjHhcm5Zl
— Kananelo (@kaysexwale) September 9, 2023
— Sithembiso Khuzwayo (@PhutaLiyenzeka) September 10, 2023
A true leader is the one who admits when he makes a mistake. @Julius_S_Malema CiC is one of them who is not scared to admit and apologize. @54Battalion @EFFSouthAfrica #MangosuthuButhelezi pic.twitter.com/5oyxycZiEI
— Bond (@_007Sihle) September 9, 2023
Various Johannesburg hostel dwellers are mourning the late Prince #MangosuthuButhelezi. Buthelezi, who was 95, died on Saturday barely a month after his birthday celebration. @NqobileMadlala_ has the latest from the George Goch Hostel. #Newzroom405
— Newzroom Afrika (@Newzroom405) September 10, 2023
— 🏳️🌈ASS-TROPEZ🏳️🌈 (@LadyHe) September 9, 2023
Condolences💐He left us the IFP, a coalition partner I thoroughly enjoyed working with both as MMC and Mayor. He has run his race. May those who pick up his baton see to the IFP’s continued collaborative contribution towards the rebuilding of our nation. RIP #MangosuthuButhelezi pic.twitter.com/RvtOVDjWPy
— Mpho Phalatse (@mphophalatse1) September 9, 2023
— Paul Mohlakoana 🇿🇦🇱🇸 (@Paul_Mohlakoana) September 9, 2023
Long standing President of IFP, and Prime Minister of Zulu Monarchy.
I’ve mixed feelings about his political career towards the dawn of democracy. May his soul R.I.P🕊#RIPShenge #MangosuthuButhelezi 🕊 pic.twitter.com/3swdr04qwq
— Bonang Chipane (@Bonang_Chipa) September 9, 2023
Mangosuthu Buthelezi was the father of eight children, therefore, people always remained in a frenzy to know ‘how many wives Mangosuthu Buthelezi had’ but the Zulu politician was only married to his wife Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila who died in March 2019. Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Irene Thandekile Mzile together gave birth to their eight children. Sadly, out of their eight children, five had already passed away before Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death. Now. he is only survived by his three children, Phumzile Buthelezi, Zuzifa Buthelezi, and Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi. The five children of Mangosuthu Buthelezi who died before him were Phumaphesheya Buthelezi, Nelisuzulu Benedict, Lethuxolo Buthelezi, Mabhuku Snikwakonke Buthelezi, and Mandisi Sibukakonke Buthelezi. Swipe down the page and read more details.
Following Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s death, Lucia DuduzileVilakazi said, “Great is thy faithfulness, The man I admire and look up to the most, none other than my beloved father.” His Royal Highness Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Inkosi of the Buthelezi Clan, Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party. World-renowned statesman, gentleman extraordinaire, Traditional Prime Minister to the Monarch and the Zulu Nation, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great grandfather. Shenge we thank the Almighty for so loving us by blessing us with your life all these years.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi was born into the Zulu royal family on August 27, 1928, to his mother Princess Magogo kaDinzulu and inkosi Mathole Buthelezi. In the 1964 film Zulu, Chief Buthelezi played the role of his own great-grandfather, the Zulu King Cetshwayo. He was the longest-serving prime minister of the Zulu Kingdom, serving three Kings, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu, King Goodwill Zwelithini, and King Misuzulu KaZwelithini.