Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African Leader ( August 27, 1928 - )

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We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

History Culture Destiny

South Africa is blessed to have women and men like yourselves who have little to give but give what you have with open hands and open hearts.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Women Blessed Men

I was proud to call Dr Rupert a friend. He was always a wonderful source of support and kindness.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Kindness Support Proud

I rejected the armed struggle because, as a Christian, I am committed to a nonviolent and peaceful struggle. But people take their own initiatives, because it is a Lebanon type of situation here.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Struggle I Am People

So long as the Zulu people are here, clearly I will still have a role to play in this country.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

People Long Play

And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Racism Discrimination

Clearly you need a new team to go out to bat on your behalf; to fight for your rights and to report back to you personally and to the leadership of the IFP.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Leadership Team Fight

For our white members, voting is something they have done for hundreds of years. But for us, it is not such a traumatic thing, because we have never participated in an election.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Voting White Election

I have been in America only once since Mr. Clinton became your president - as a speaker at the United Nations.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

America United Nations

I remain your servant and I will do as you ask of me.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Me You Servant

Others may make you promises, once again, and then election after election not deliver. We will not do this.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

May Election You

The candidates before you know that the IFP has set up a system of deployed IFP national and provincial leaders who are not only monitoring the performance of candidates during these elections but will also do so after these elections.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Performance You Know

Personally, I believe in self-determination, but in the context of one South Africa - so that my self-determination is based in this region, and with my people.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

People Believe I Believe

AIDS is the biggest challenge, the major disaster facing this country and we would have wished for something more specific and far-reaching.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Challenge Country Disaster

I have always believed in dialogue and in nonviolence, and if you look at my background you will see that it has always been my policy to talk to everyone.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Look You Talk

In Hanover Park they highlighted the terrible plight of backyard dwellers and the fact that year after year nothing has been done to help you: the hope and despair you all live with every day.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Hope Day Help

My party is committed to a federation.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Party Federation Committed

My people have been sucked into the violence because some feel they have to retaliate, and some feel they have to protect themselves.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Violence People Feel

The politics of the Cape Town Metro, which allows an executive Mayoral committee to make secret decisions which affect you, behind closed doors, is wrong!~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Politics Decisions You

All of our forebears contributed to what South Africa has become. That does not, however, mean that I must apologize to anyone for being born a Zulu, or for having that culture.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Culture Africa Born

We are here because we are determined to offer the people of the Western Cape choices which are long overdue.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Choices People Long

I am not the kind of leader who pontificates about what should be done - I don't operate on scenarios, and I am not a prophet.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Leader I Am Done

The IFP is here to put into practice what we preach.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Practice Here Preach

Well, surely, I am not in charge of South Africa.~Mangosuthu Buthelezi

I Am Africa South Africa