Buthelezi’s wife passes away

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    Buthelezi and his wife Irene ( AKA Prince and Princess) at the opening of Princess Magogo at the Durban Playhouse. pic: Jackie Clausen for Gwen Gill

    The wife of  Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has died.

    The 89 year-old Irene Buthelezi died after a long illness at her home, in kwaPhindangene at Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Last year she was hospitalised for a long period, with reports that she suffered from diabetes.

    She is survived by her husband and eight children.

    The Buthelezi family has asked for privacy, as they arrange her funeral. The family has thanked friends and supporters for their condolences and prayers.