Mangosuthu Buthelezi Quotes


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.

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.

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!

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.

Well surely I am not in charge of South Africa.

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

It is clear before God and man that the entire war on HIV and AIDS has not been waged with any degree of piety responsibility and care.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

My party is committed to a federation.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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