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Buthelezi, Mangosuthu Ashpenaz Nathan (Gatsha; Chief Buthelezi)

Born: 1928 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: South African
Categories: Politician


1928 - Born on August 27th in Mahlabathini, KwaZulu-Natal. South African Zulu chief, head of the nonindependent black state of KwaZulu, and leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

1950 - Graduated from the University of Fort Hare.

1952 - Married to Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila on July 2nd.

1953 - He was assistant to the Zulu king Cyprian.

         - He was installed as chief of the Buthelezi tribe.

1964 - A real-life distant relative of the last Zulu king Cetehwayo whom he portrayed in the film Zulu.

1970 - Elected leader of Zululand.

1975 - He was the leader of Inkatha Freedom Party.

1976 - He was chief minister of KwaZulu Natal.

1994 - He was appointed minister for home affairs in Nelson Mandela's first cabinet, a position he retained under President Thabo Mbeki.


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