The specially tailored suit, said to be worth R90 000 was gifted to the veteran politician by Durban-based Indian-born designer Janak Parekh, in recognition of Buthelezi’s efforts to build South Africa’s “Rainbow Nation”.
Parekh, 61, has in the past made similar clothing offerings to former president Jacob Zuma - who was present at the gala dinner held at Durban’s ICC - Prince Charles, Martin Luther King jr and King Goodwill Zwelithini.
But he assured that the IFP leader’s coat, of many of golden threads which took two months to create, was exclusive to Buthelezi because of the bond they shared.
“My family has the highest regard for Buthelezi. So we decided to do something specially to celebrate his milestone birthday,” said Parekh.