Mangosuthu Buthelezi: Age, History, House, Education, Wives, Books, Net Worth, Children & Grandchildren

Basic Information

Stage Name: Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Real Name: Prince Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi
Occupation: Author, Politician, Activist
Date Of Birth/Age:
Place of Birth:  South Africa
Gender: Male
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: Married (to the late Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila)
Education: University of Fort Hare

Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Prince Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, known simply as Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is a South African politician, former anti-apartheid crusader, member of parliament and traditional prime minister to the Zulu royal family.

In his younger years, he was a leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, which was deeply involved with the anti-apartheid struggles of decades ago. At the moment. he now faces traditional duties as prime minister to the Zulu Royal family. He is also a member of the South African parliament.


Born in August 1928, Mangosuthu Buthelezi is currently 94 years. He will be 95 in a couple of months. That moment is expected to be one of sobriety for the statesman and a wild celebration for those close to him.


Mangosuthu Buthelezi was born into a Zulu royal family and had the title of prince automatically. He stood out for his opposition to the apartheid government and clamour for the release of Nelson Mandela. Given his advocacy, his Inkatha Freedom Part soon became one of the most prominent in South Africa.

Although not much is heard of the movement these days, it remains a singularly important force in South Africa’s political history. Although said to have retired from mainstream politics, Mangosuthu Buthelezi is still a stateman who travels within South Africa and beyond in the spirit of ubuntu and for national and continental development.


Mangosuthu Buthelezi lives in South Africa where he was born, but it is unclear exactly where his crib is and what it looks like.


He might not be the most educated politician out there, but Mangosuthu Buthelezi has made so much impact in South Africa’s political universe that it would be impossible to write South Africa’s p[olitical history encapsulating apartheid and the struggle against such monstrosity without somehow including his name.

He is known to have attended the Impumalanga Primary School at Mahashini in Nongoma between 1935 and 1943, and then Adams College at Amzinoti, from where he attended the University of Fort Hare.


Mangosuthu Buthelezi married Irene Audrey Thandekile Mzila in 1952. The two remained married until her death in 2019. The relationship produced several children who are alive and thriving to this day.


Besides politics, Mangosuthu Buthelezi also delved into the world of writing. Most of his writing dwelled on nationalism and politics, the South African struggle and other issues affecting the Rainbow Nation.

Some of the titles he is known to have co-written include “The Washing of the Spears: A History of the Rise of the Zulu Nation Under Shaka and Its Fall in the Zulu War of 1879,” “The Anglo Zulu War – Isandlwana: The Revelation of a Disaster,” and “Zulu Victory: The Epic of Isandlwana and the Cover-up.”

Net Worth

Mangosuthu Buthelezi is one of the oldest South African politicians alive and also, in a sense, one of the richest. Of course, at his age, he would not be dragged into conversations of net worth. But the public has been doing the talking, with conservative estimates ranging from $5 million to $25 million.

Children & Grandchildren

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the former leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, is father to Zuzifa Buthelezi, Letghuxolo Buthelezi, Mandis Buthelezi, Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, Phumzile Buthelezi and Benedict Buthelezi.

Some of these names might not resonate with many members of the public, but most have certainly heard about his grandchild, Toya DeLazy, and electronic music artist and granddaughter of the celebrated politician.

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