IFP leader to sue over out-of-wedlock allegations

2010-09-13 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is likely to take legal action against City Press following the newspaper’s report that said he has fathered several illegitimate kids with different women between 1948 and 1974.

The newspaper reported that Buthelezi had fathered about seven kids from six different women, despite having been “happily” married to Princess Irene Thandekile MaMzila Buthelezi in 1952 and with whom he has eight children.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Buthelezi’s private secretary Thami Duma, who had been working with him from 1978, said as far as he knows only Tutu Buthelezi is Buthelezi’s child born out of wedlock.

Tutu, who was born in 1950, joined the ANC, his father’s rival organisation, close to last year’s elections.

Yesterday Duma said he could not get comment from Buthelezi on the matter as he was on leave, but said Buthelezi was likely to take legal action as some of the names mentioned by the newspaper as his supposedly illegitimate children are in fact the children of Buthelezi’s late sister.

The names of the children, according to City Press, are Themba Buthelezi (62), Tutu Buthelezi (60), Kwazimina (36) and his twin sister Nelisiwe, Sabelo Buthelezi (53), Xolile and Noziziba — whose ages were not specified.

The paper said Buthelezi refused to comment and threatened the newspaper with legal action.

The newspaper also quoted some of Buthelezi’s supposed sons saying that they received no maintenance from their father when they were growing up and as a result some did not finish school.

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