Prince Buthelezi to be honoured with Special Official Funeral

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that Prince of KwaPhindangene and Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Nation, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category 1 at Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal.

President Ramaphosa announced Buthelezi’s passing, at the age of 95, on Saturday.

“As preparations unfold for memorial events, President Ramaphosa reiterates his deep condolences to the Royal Household as well as the friends, colleagues - including Members of Parliament - and associates nationally and internationally of the late leader.

“The State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy of government accords Special Official Funerals, Category 1, to persons of extraordinary credentials specifically designated by the President of the Republic of South Africa,” the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The funeral will also entail elements of military honours.

“The President has directed that flags be flown at half-mast at flag stations around the country from today, Tuesday, 12 September 2023, until the evening of the day on which the funeral will take place,” the statement concluded.

Buthelezi served as South Africa’s first Home Affairs Minister and was the founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party. –