- Calling Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi a chief will attract his attention, and not in a good way
- The prince has sent an email to President Ramaphosa about him wrongly referring to Buthelezi as a chief
- The IFP leader feels he was treated with disrespect and is disappointed that the president's office hasn't replied to his message yet
Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the IFP, is a prince and he wants to be referred to as such by everyone. That includes President Ramaphosa.
South Africa's president made the mistake of calling Buthelezi a chief and the prince is not happy, according to a report by SowetanLIVE.
Apparently, Ramaphosa made this error when he was in a meeting with Buthelezi and the Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini
The IFP says the issue was aggravated by the fact that the Office of the President ignored efforts by them to communicate their displeasure over the matter.
The IFP made a statement in which they said a letter was sent to the president's office through email.
The statement makes clear that the IFP is disappointed with the lack of respect they feel the president's office showed. The IFP says it's been weeks since they sent the letter.
Blessed Gwala of the IFP says there has been no acknowledgement from the president's office.
Briefly.co.za learned it was being reminded of the book by ANC's Nobleman Nxumalo that led to the IFP reminding President Ramaphosa that Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is in fact still a member of the royal Zulu family.
‘Gatsha Buthelezi: The Chief with a Double Agenda’‚ has been out of circulation for about 20 years since Buthelezi felt the book was defamatory to his name. It still upsets many that the ANC had Nxumalo write the book.
The IFP feels the book is a barrier that prevents true peace and reconciliation between them and the ruling party.
The IFP added that until the president's office apologises or responds to their email, it will continue to wonder why the "colonial title of chief which to us is the same as the k-word" is being used by President Ramaphosa.
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