Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi dies aged 95 in South Africa - BBC News

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pays tribute to him as a "formidable leader".

1 day agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesBy Lauren Turner & Andrew HardingBBC News, London & JohannesburgMangosuthu Buthelezi, a towering figure in South African politics and outspoken Zulu chief, has died at the age of 95.

During the racist apartheid regime, he founded the Zulu Inkatha party after becoming disillusioned with the African National Congress (ANC).

Thousands were killed in clashes between supporters of the two parties in the early 1990s.

But he was later welcomed back into the fold, serving as President Nelson Mandela's minister of home affairs.

Chief Buthelezi was a shrewd but controversial politician, who disagreed with the ANC's tactics of armed action against white-minority rule and trod a moderate path as leader of an ethnic-Zulu homeland.


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