President Cyril Ramaphosa Grants Special Official Funeral, Category 1, for Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, with Military Honors

President Cyril Ramaphosa has shown his respect and recognition for former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi by granting him a Special Official Funeral, Category 1.

This distinction underscores the significant role that Buthelezi played in the political landscape of South Africa. Originally scheduled for Friday, 15 September, the funeral plans have now been adjusted.

Funeral Date Shifted to Saturday

In a departure from the initial announcement by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi will now be laid to rest on Saturday.

This alteration reflects the evolving logistical considerations surrounding the event.

Military Honors and Flag Protocol

President Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, has indicated that Prince Buthelezi’s funeral will encompass elements of military honors.

The President has also directed that flags across the nation be flown at half-mast from Tuesday, 12 September 2023, until the evening of the funeral day.

This gesture pays homage to Buthelezi’s enduring legacy and his contribution to South Africa.

Recognition of Extraordinary Credentials

The decision to accord Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi a Special Official Funeral, Category 1, aligns with the State, Official, and Provincial Official Funeral Policy of the South African government.

This policy reserves this honor for individuals of exceptional credentials, specifically designated by the President.

Mangosuthu University of Technology’s Tribute

Meanwhile, the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has taken a moment to mourn the passing of its founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

In a succinct statement, the university’s Senate has announced the suspension of academic activities for the period spanning 14, 15, and 16 September.

This suspension is intended to enable students and staff to participate in the memorial service and funeral of Buthelezi.

The university plans to resume its academic program on 26 September, in accordance with the original schedule.

The decision to grant Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi a Special Official Funeral and the associated gestures of respect and recognition reflect the profound impact he had on the nation, as well as his enduring legacy in South African politics and education.

The adjustment of the funeral date to Saturday underscores the fluid nature of the preparations, emphasizing the significance of the event in the eyes of the nation.

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