Anglican church honours Buthelezi

2010-05-19 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was awarded the prestigious Order of Saint Michael and All Angels by the Anglican Church of Southern Africa this week for his distinguished service to the church’s Diocese of Zululand.

A statement issued by IFP media officer Liezel van der Merwe said it is not the first church honour bestowed on Buthelezi.

Buthelezi has been previously presented with awards such as the Order of Simon of Cyrene, the highest order granted by the bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa; the Order of Saint Mark by the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa; and the Order of Saint Michael and All Angels.

In presenting the award, the Bishop of Zululand, Dino Gabriel, said: “Prince Buthelezi has treasured his Christian upbringing throughout his long life, which gave him the strength to persevere in times of victimisation, turmoil and change. Against all odds, he remained a faithful and devoted member of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and of the Diocese of Zululand in particular.”

Buthelezi was also praised for his role in the struggle for the liberation of the people of South Africa as well as his openness about Aids deaths in his family.

Buthelezi said of the award: “I was extremely humbled that I have been awarded the prestigious Order of Saint Michael and All Angels … and I am even more humbled to hear that I am the first person to receive this prestigious order.

“As a Christian, this award has again inspired me to keep working and keep serving this nation to the very best of my ability,” he added.

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