Buthelezi (Tribe)

Title: Inkosi (Chief) Religion: Anglican
State: South Africa (kwaZulu-Natal) Dynasty: Buthelezi
Present Ruler: Inkosi Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, present Chief of the Buthelezi Tribe since 1957
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 daughters.
  • 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, died 1966.
  • 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 KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Prince Phumaphesheya Buthelezi, born 1963.
  • Princess Sibuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi, born 1969.

Predecessors and Short History:Rulers were...
  • Inkosi Shenge kaNdaba, first recorded Chief of the Buthelezi, married and had issue.
    • Inkosi Ngwane kaShenge (qv)
  • Inkosi Ngwane kaShenge, Chief of the Buthelezi, married and had issue.
    • Inkosi Phungashe kaNgwane (qv)
    • Mvulane kaNgwane, married and had issue.
      • Khoboyela kaMvulane, married and had issue.
        • Inkosi Klwana kaKhoboyela (qv)
      • Inkosi Ngqengelele kaMvulane (qv)
    • Mncongo kaNgwane, married and had issue.
      • Mgwajonqoshololo kaMncongo, married and had issue.
        • Khiphakonke Moses Buthelezi, married Khishiwe Christine Msomi, and had issue.
          • Sipho Immanuel Buthelezi
    • Cole kaNgwane
    • Mpundulwana kaNgwane, married and had issue.
      • Nguqa kaMpundulwana, married and had issue.
        • Ngambisa kaNguqa, married and had issue.
          • Mfihleni kaNgambisa
    • Shabeni kaNgwane, married and had issue.
      • Nokhokhela kaShabeni
  • Inkosi Phungashe kaNgwane, Chief of the Buthelezi -/1820's, married and had issue.
    • Sikluve kaPhungashe, married and had issue.
      • Mkhonto kaSikluve
    • Mevana kaPhungashe
    • Lubisi kaPhungashe
    • Matshubhana kaPhungashe, married and had issue.
      • Malahle kaMatshubhana 
    • Khaliphile kaPhungashe
    • Msicwa kaPhungashe, married and had issue.
      • Mandulo kaMsicwa, married and had issue.
        • Mthunzini kaMandulo, married and had issue.
          • Zakhele kaMthunzi Buthelezi, died 1976.
  • Inkosi Ngqengelele kaMvulane, Chief of the Buthelezi 1820's/ca1839, married (amongst others), Phangela of Sibiya, and had issue. He died about 1839.
    • Inkosi Mnyamana kaNgqengelele (by Phangela) (qv)
    • Somfongoza kaNgqengelele
    • Mzilikazi kaNgqengelele
    • Santinge kaNgqengelele
  • Inkosi Klwana kaKhoboyela, Chief of the Buthelezi ca1839/ca1840, married and had issue.
    • Bantubensumo kaKlwana, born about 1834, married and had issue.
      • Mshikila kaBentubensumo, married and had issue.
        • Nkosiyenhliziyo Buthelezi
    • Magamudele kaKlwana
  • Inkosi Mnyamana kaNgqengelele, Chief of the Buthelezi ca1840/1892, born 1809/1813, Prime Minister to Cetshwayo, married and had issue. He died 29th July 1892.
    • Inkosi Tshanibezwe kaMnyamana (qv)
    • Mtumengana kaMnyamana, killed at Isandlwana 22nd January 1879.
    • Mkhandumba kaMnyamana
    • Mbulawa kaMnyamana, married and had issue.
      • Daughter, married Inggonyama Solomon Nkayishana Maphumuzana, King of kwaZulu.
    • Ndulungu kaMnyamana
    • Muzimubi kaMnyamana
  • Inkosi Tshanibezwe kaMnyamana, Chief of the Buthelezi 1892/1906, married and had issue. He died 1906.
    • Inkosi Mathole Buthelezi (qv)
    • Maliyamakhanda Buthelezi
  • ....
  • Inkosi Mathole Buthelezi, Chief of the Buthelezi 1920/1942, Prime Minister to King Solomon kaDinizulu 1925/1933 and Prime Minister during the Interregnum during the Regency of his younger brother-in-law, Prince Mshiyeni kaDinizulu who acted during the minority of the heir to the throne, Prince Cyprian Bhekuzulu, married (amongst others) (a), 1926, Princess Constance Magogo Sibilile Zulu, born 1900, died 1984, daughter of Inggonyama Dinizulu kaCetshwayo of kwaZulu, and had issue. He died 1942.
    • Inkosi Mceleli Buthelezi, eldest son of the first wife, fl.1960.
    • Princess Morginah Sponono Buthelezi, married Doctor Dotwana, and has issue.
      • Zola Mveleli Dotwana
    • Inkosi Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi (by Princess Magogo) (qv)
  • .......
  • Inkosi Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, Chief of the Buthelezi (see above)
Other Members:
  • Charles Mbomboshe Buthelezi, died 24th December 1996, buried 11th January 1997 at Orlando West.