Mangosuthu Buthelezi, controversial South African politician, buried

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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a controversial man South African politician and traditional minister of the Zulu nation, was buried on Saturday after dying this week at the age of 95.

President Cyrille Ramaphosa delivered a eulogy at Buthelezi’s funeral in Ulundi in the KwaZulu-Natal province where he lived, commending him for his work as a legislator and his commitment to ultimately participating in South Africa’s peaceful transition to a democratic state.

Mourners, including leaders of rival political parties, government officials, clergy and community members, gathered to pay their last respects to a man who continues to divide opinion in Africa from South.

Buthelezi founded the Inkatha Freedom Party in 1975, which was responsible for some of the worst political violence experienced in the country in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Although opposed to apartheid – the policy of racial segregation implemented by the white minority government in South Africa before the country’s transition to democracy in 1994 – Buthelezi disagreed with liberation leaders who called him of sold.

He headed the administrative region of Zululand, one of the “homelands” created by the apartheid government to enforce the policy of segregation.

Buthelezi was one of South Africa’s longest-serving legislators and served as a minister in Nelson Mandela’s cabinet despite earlier tensions with Mandela and the African National Congress party.

Three former South African presidents, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma, attended his funeral.

“At times in our history there were deep divisions between the two leaders (Mandela and Buthelezi), but they reconciled and made peace with the aim of rebuilding our country,” Ramaphosa said.

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