/ 13 September 2023

From the M&G Archives: Buthelezi, the King’s Hand

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) founder and president emeritus Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, who served as traditional prime minister to a succession of Zulu kings, died early on Saturday 9 September 2023, after a lengthy spell in hospital.



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Right of Reply: M&G chose ‘good story’ over truth — Buthelezi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the Ingonyama Trust was not created in a secret deal to ensure his participation in the 1994 election

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s replacement as leader of Inkatha Freedom Party after 44 marked the end of an era.

Buthelezi’s succession sparks democracy debate

The IFP’s constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. This was not done for its new president

Some of whose members are seen marching

Secret details of the land deal that brought the IFP into the 94 poll

A sweetheart deal. This is how the Ingonyama Trust has been repeatedly described

‘Lover and fighter’: Mangosuthu Buthelezi looks back on his political career with nostalgia.

‘His Excellency’  bows out of the House

The nonagenarian MP is finally calling it a day and putting his faith in the precocious IFP caucus

Veteran: The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Succession battle harms IFP revival

The Inkatha Freedom Party hopes to benefit from the demise of two other parties in KwaZulu-Natal

Jacob Zuma attended Shenge’s birthday party

uBaba helps Buthelezi edit history

As witnesses struggle through the Zondo commission, Zuma parties on with old foes

We should demand answers about what surveillance tools are being used.

Battered by the flu … and Shenge

As the wind threatens his feathered headdress, Buthelezi is talking like it’s 1993. I’d far rather be sick in bed, thank you

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IFP pick could backfire

The party’s veteran leader has backed an outsider to succeed him, sparking possible dissension

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi is a giant of a man who falls short in his museum

The museum honouring Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal, elides the main ingredient – truth

Goodbye: Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s IFP caused chaos in the 1980s and 1990s

Buthelezi bows out … at long last

Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s reign as the leader of the IFP has finally ended

Deal: FW de Klerk

Inkatha, too, paved the way to peaceful liberation

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) sought the greatest possible protection of human rights and the strongest possible constitutional democracy.

Mangosuthu: Inkatha, Not Anc, At Mercy Of Hit Squads

Mangosuthu: Inkatha, not ANC, at mercy of hit squads

As the 2014 election campaign begins, the propaganda machine is back in overdrive, says Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

'buthelezi Must Back Off From Nfp'

‘Buthelezi must back off from NFP’

The Inkatha Freedom Party and the National Freedom Party have been engaging in talks in order to quell the violence between their supporters.

Inkathagate: How Buthelezi's Cover Was Blown

Inkathagate: How Buthelezi’s cover was blown

A disillusioned policeman blew the whistle on police funding of Inkatha to <i>Guardian</i> correspondent David Beresford.

Patriarchy 'drives' Ifp Deployment

Patriarchy ‘drives’ IFP deployment

The IFP has been divided by a succession battle to replace Buthelezi, made more acute by the party’s poor showing in last year’s national general election.

IFP youth stand their ground

Tensions appear to be rising within the party following its dismal showing at the polls last month.

‘AK-47’ to IFP’s rescue

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has been IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s special adviser since the early Nineties, often at taxpayers’ expense.

IFP on the skids

Jacob Zuma’s Zuluness hurts IFP fortunes in KwaZulu-Natal. Niren Tolsi reports.

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Throwing his hat in

Niren Tolsi spoke to IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi about how he views his chances in the coming poll.

Buthelezi’s U-turn

As IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi threatens to challenge a new KwaZulu-Natal law in court, the provincial government has released correspondence showing that only last year he demanded that same law be enacted. The law in question will make the position of chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders permanent, and Buthelezi will have to choose between his position as part-time chair of the house and his job as a national MP.

The IFP: Between a rock and a Zuma

Like the elephant on its crest, there was a degree of dimorphism about the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) at its draft policy launch recently. Its past, especially the party’s role in the internecine violence of the 1980s and 1990s, was reshaped towards absolution during a narrative history kicked off by Generations actress Winnie Ntshaba.

Missing the point in IFP succession

The continuing succession debate in the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) should focus more on devising strategies to manage the change of leadership and less on bashing party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi over perceptions that he is clinging to power, argues Zukile Majova.

IFP showdown

A race for succession is taking shape in the IFP with progressive members of the party’s youth wing calling for it to formulate a succession plan ahead of the anticipated resignation of president Mangosuthu Buthelezi when his term ends in 2009. Buoyed by a belief that the term ending in 2009 might be Buthelezi’s last as party president reformists within the party and its youth wing have begun lobbying for a deputy president.

IFP shifts focus from chiefs to yuppies

The IFP goes to its national general conference to take stock of its declining fortunes and formulate a turnaround strategy to attract the ”sophisticated urban voter”. The NGC is the party’s highest decision-making body. For the first time in the party’s 31year history the NGC of 100 members will be elected by delegates rather than being anointed by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Buthelezi entrenches himself

Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s decision to subject his leadership to scrutiny, at a hastily convened special conference on Saturday, amounts to little more than a tactical move to entrench his position until the 2009 election. Any challenge to his presidency has been widely dismissed.

Damning report exposes IFP’s internal collapse

A confidential Inkatha Freedom Party discussion paper, which calls for a change in the party’s old guard leadership, has been leaked to the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> in the week in which national chairperson Ziba Jiyane was given his marching orders because of his drive to revolutionise the dying party.

‘Pack of lies,’ says IFP’s Jiyane

National chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party Ziba Jiyane has lashed out at party members who are ”fighting to undermine” him, and has branded the IFP youth brigade’s recent attack on him as ”a pack of lies”. This is the latest salvo in an acrimonious leadership tussle plaguing the party.

Inkatha joins ‘the better devil’ to twist ANC arm on amakhosi

Jaspreet Kindra The Inkatha Freedom Party is positioning itself alongside the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal in an attempt to twist the arm of the African National Congress on the amakhosi issue. Apparently the IFP is hoping to force the ANC to enhance the status of the amakhosi in a Municipal Structures Act amendment likely to […]

Buthelezi approved Powell’s war plans

New evidence shows IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi approved paramilitary activities aimed at undermining the 1994 election. Ivor Powell reports.

Zwelithini Nods To An Old Buthelezi Enemy

King Goodwill Zwelethini wants to restore relations with a senior prince who has rivalled Mangosuthu Buthelezi for 26 years, reports Farouk Chothia ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini wants an urgent meeting with a senior prince who is Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezis rival for the post of traditional prime minister to the monarch. Sources close […]