Buthelezi to attend Thatcher's funeral

2013-04-15 10:15
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Johannesburg - IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi is expected to attend the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, the party said.

"... Buthelezi leaves for London tomorrow [Tuesday] to attend the funeral of his late friend... with whom he stayed in very close contact, even after her retirement from politics...," the Inkatha Freedom Party said in a statement on Monday.

"They found themselves to be kindred spirits, equally committed to the cause of freedom in the world, and to a non-communist outcome to the South African liberation."

Thatcher died of a stroke last week, at the age of 87.

"Like Buthelezi, Thatcher stood by her principles and recognised that the abdication of principles only leads to decay," the IFP said.

"She shared Buthelezi's dream to make South Africa great... She loved South Africa and saw and hoped for a leadership place in the world for our country."

Buthelezi would be accompanied by his adviser, IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini.

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