VIDEO: Prince Zuzifa Buthelezi pays homage to his father

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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s son, Zuzifa, says the family find peace that their father is to be united with his wife, Princess Irene, who passed away in 2019.

The late Traditional Prime Minister of the AmaZulu nation is being laid to rest on Saturday.

Speaking during the funeral service in Ulundi, Prince Zuzifa Buthelezi has said his father was a patriot.

“To know that he’s united with our mother, his beloved wife Princess Irene Thandekile and our grandmother Princess Magogo KaDinuzulu who shapes his faith, we are deeply comforted. Our father was first and foremost a Christian. Second, he was a husband and a father. Third, he was a patriot which I believe so many of you are here today because of that last one. That he was a patriot of this nation and beyond. I remember him saying ‘God made me a Zulu. I speak Zulu. I have a Zulu culture and I am proud of that. I would never apologise to anyone for that but I also live in a country called South Africa which makes me a South African’.”

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The coffin of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, IFP founder and AmaZulu traditional Prime Minister is being transported by the SANDF on a gun carriage to the family home at KwaPhindangene outside Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal where the late leader will be laid to rest.

As part of the category 1, special official funeral the coffin was removed from the marquee, where it was kept during the funeral service, by members of the SANDF general staff.

The gun carriage is also being followed by members of the SANDF’s National Ceremonial Guard.

The type of official funeral afforded by President Cyril Ramaphosa is second only to the funeral of a head of state.

Several dignitaries were among the thousands who attended the service.

The late Traditional Prime Minister to the AmaZulu nation and founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is bieng laid to rest this afternoon.