Mangosuthu Buthelezi

South African politician

Mangosuthu Buthelezi (born 27 August 1928) is a South African politician and Zulu tribal leader. He founded the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) 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. His praise name is Shenge.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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President of the Inkatha Freedom Party
Assumed office
Inkosi (Chieftain) of the Buthelezi Tribe
Assumed office
Preceded byChief Mathole Buthelezi
South African Minister of Home Affairs
In office
Preceded byDanie Schutte
Succeeded byNosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Chief Minister of KwaZulu
In office
1 April 1972 – 26 April 1994[1]
Chief Executive Councillor of the Zululand Territorial Authority
In office
9 June 1970 – 1 April 1972
Personal details
Born (1928-08-27) 27 August 1928 (age 93)[2]
Mahlabathini, Natal,
South Africa
Political partyInkatha Freedom Party
WebsiteOfficial website

During the CODESA negotiations of the early 1990s, he represented the IFP. Following the introduction of the universal franchise in the 1994 general election, Buthelezi led the IFP to join the government of national unity, led by Nelson Mandela. Buthelezi served as Minister of Home Affairs until 2004. He continues to serve as both leader of the IFP and an MP, retaining his seat in the 2014 general election.

In 1964 he played King Cetshwayo kaMpande (his own maternal great-grandfather) in the movie Zulu.


  1. "South African Homelands".
  2. "Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma". The Presidency. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2007.

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