|Title: Inkosi (Chief)||Religion: Anglican|
|State: South Africa (kwaZulu-Natal)||Dynasty: Buthelezi|
|Present Ruler: Inkosi Dr. Mangosuthu Gatsha BUTHELEZI (1953/-)|
|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. Peter’s 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, King’s 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 issue, three sons and four daughters.
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