- Mangosuthu Buthelezi is celebrating his 92nd birthday today
- The chief is well-known for his involvement in the country's' land expropriation issue
- The former IFP leader recently recovered from coronavirus and today he may celebrate
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Elder statesman, Mangosuthu Buthelezi turns 92 years old today. The founder and former president of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) celebrates another year added to his life shortly after his recovery from the coronavirus.
Mangosuthu, who continues to play a role in land expropriation, was born to Chief Mathole Buthelezi and Princess Magogo Dinuzulu in 1928. His educational career began at Impumalanga Primary School. He attended Adams College for secondary education and then went on to study at Fort Hare University, where he joined the ANC and met with the likes of Robert Mugabe and Robert Sobukwe.
Shortly after joining the party, he was expelled from the university. He then finished his degree at the University of Natal.
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Mangosuthu went on to inherit the chieftainship from the Buthelezi tribe in 1953; a short while afterwards, he played the role of his actual great-grandfather in the film Zulu, which he also acted as an advisor for.
In 1970, Mangosuthu was appointed leader of the KwaZulu territorial authority and in 1976 became chief minister of the quasi-independent Bantustan of KwaZulu-Natal.
Shortly thereafter he formed the IFP amidst a continuously deteriorating relationship with the ANC. During this time, he played an instrumental part in setting up nurse training facilities as well as teachers in training sessions.
In 1993 he broke the record for worlds longest speech during an address to Natal legislature.
He is also the recipient of a number of awards, namely, King's Cross Award, awarded by King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu 1989, Man of the Year by Financial Mail 1985, George Meany Human Rights Award by The Council of Industrial Organisation of the American Federation of Labour (AFL-CIO) 1982 and Man of the Year by Institute of Management Consultants of SA 1973 among many others.
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In other Briefly.co.za news, Master KG has taken to social media to share that Jerusalema has hit a whopping 100 million views on YouTube. The musician's song featuring songstress Nomcebo Zikode has become a global dance sensation and has kept the world dancing the Covid-19 blues away.
Master KG and Nomcebo, who have both been officially named as young ambassadors for the country by the Department of Arts, Sports and Culture, just keep flying the South African flag very high with their slapping track. The excited Limpopo-born MasterKG took to Twitter and thanked the world for choosing his song as the unofficial Covid-19 anthem.
Briefly.co.za has reported multiple times about the countries that shared videos where they were grooving to the song amid the pandemic.
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