I even survived assassination attempts – Prince Buthelezi celebrates his 90th birthday

2018-08-19 18:17

Celebrating his 90th birthday, Zulu Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that while he had a blessed life, he had survived many challenges.

"I have survived so many fiery trials, and even assassination plots. I have become a survivor," he said on Sunday as he celebrated at the Exhibition Centre in Durban on Sunday.

He attributed his longevity to God and his family.

"My heart is overflowing with gratitude. I am overwhelmed by the amount of family and believers I have around me. I appreciate all of you, my brothers and sisters," Buthelezi said.

He addressed a large crowd comprising church leaders, politicians and royal dignitaries in what was dubbed a "thanksgiving service".

Buthelezi said that while he has had a blessed life, many challenges came before him.

‘Bonanza’

He described his age as a "bonanza of years".

I have lived far longer than is normal. More than that, God has given me tremendous good health and strength in these twilight years. This has enabled me to serve my country and my people for longer than I could have hoped."

Buthelezi said God taught him how to continually "govern his people".

"I was taught to seek what is good, just and right. God has also given me remarkable men and women of faith, servants of the Lord who have helped me in prayer and inspired me to continue in the darkest moments."

While his wife Princess Irene could not attend the celebration due to ill health, Buthelezi said they had "achieved peace at this great age".

"We have done this knowing that our children have grown to love God with the same love that resides in our hearts."

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said that Buthelezi was a steadfast leader.

"You are one such person blessed with life and years. Like an old wine [you] matured and are a fountain of wisdom that everyone drinks from. You have given us courage in times of immense challenges."

 

Read more on:    mangosuthu buthelezi

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.