|Present Ruler: Inkosi Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha
Buthelezi, present Chief of the Buthelezi Tribe
born 27 August 1928, Mahlabathini, KwaZulu, educated at
Impumalanga Primary School, Mahashini, Nongoma 1933/1943,
Adams College, Amanzimtoti 1944/47; University of Fort
Hare, Alice 1948/50 (BA); Member of the National Assembly
of the South African Government 1994/-; President, Inkatha
Freedom Party; Minister of Home Affairs in the South
African Government 1994/-; Clerk, Bantu
Administration, Durban 1951/52; Clerk, Cowley &
Cowley, Durban 1952; Acting Chief, Buthelezi Tribe,
Mahlabathini 1953/57, fully recognized Chief 1957/-; Chief
Executive Officer, the Zulu Territorial Authority, Nongoma
1970/72; Chief Executive Councillor, KwaZulu Legislative
Assembly 1972/76; Chief Minister of KwaZulu 1976/94).
Memberships and Offices, include: African National
Congress Youth League 1948/50, Zululand Diocesan Standing
Committee 1957/74, Council of St. Peterís Seminary, C.P.
1961/63, Chairman, Mashonangashoni Regional Authority
1968/75, Chancellor, Institute for Industrial Education
1971/77, Synthesis (non-party, non-racial, political study
group) (since 1971), Chairman, Asset Trust Fund (American
South African Study Educational Trust) (since 1971),
Inanda Seminary Government Council 1972/75, President,
Inkatha ye Nkuleleko ye Sizwe (became Inkatha Freedom
Party in 1990) (since 1975), Patron L.E.A.R.N. Fund (since
1975), Chairman, Buthelezi Tribal Authority (since 1975),
President, KwaZulu Conservation Trust (since 1977),
Chancellor, University of Zululand (1979), President,
Rhino and Elephant Foundation of Southern Africa. Author
of a number of published works. Recipient of the Knight
Commander of the Star of Africa, for outstanding
leadership, Liberia 1975, French National Order of Merit
1981, Kingís Cross Award by HM King Zwelithini Goodwill ka
Bhekuzulu, Ulundi 1989, as well as a number of Honourary
Doctorates in Law, married, 2nd July 1952, Irene Audrey
Thandekile Mzila, and has had issue, three sons and five
- Princess Phumzile Buthelezi, born 1953.
- Prince Ntuthukoyeziwe Zuzifa Buthelezi, born 1955.
- Princess Mandisi Sibukakonke Buthelezi, died 5th
August 2004 aged 48.
- Princess Mabhuku Snikwakonke Buthelezi, born 1957,
- Princess Lethuxolo Buthelezi, born 1959.
- Prince Nelisuzulu Benedict Buthelezi, born 21st
March 1961, died 24th April 2004 at King George V
Hospital in Durban, buried 30th April 2004 at
kwaPhindangene in Mahlabathini in northern
- Prince Phumaphesheya Buthelezi, born 1963.
- Princess Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, born 1969.