Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on the mend in hospital ahead of his 95th birthday

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency(ANA)

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency(ANA)

Published Aug 22, 2023


After being in hospital for almost a month fighting for his life, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is said to be on his way to recovery.

His spokesperson, Liezl Van der Merwe, says there is hope that Buthelezi will spend his upcoming birthday at home with his family.

Buthelezi who is the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and who is the longest-serving traditional prime minister of the Zulu monarch and nation, is expected to turn 95 on Sunday (August 27, 2023).

He has been in hospital after he developed complications, and his doctors had to book him at St Augustine Hospital in Durban for close observation.

Several sectors, including his political party and the Anglican Church, which he is a member of, have kept them in their prayers.

Also wishing Buthelezi a speedy recovery were President Cyril Ramaphosa and King Misuzulu KaZwelithini.

Despite the anxiety over his, Van der Merwe told IOL on Tuesday that Buthelezi is recovering well in hospital.

"Prince Buthelezi has made remarkable progress under the supervision of his medical team in hospital. We remain hopeful that his birthday will not be spent in hospital.

"The family is expected to formally update the nation about the health of uMntwana (Prince) waKwaPhindangene during the week," she said when she was asked about the latest regarding the Zulu Prince.

Furthermore, she dismissed information that Buthelezi’s health has deteriorated following another surgical operation over the weekend.

“There is no such,” she added.

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