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Setting record straight on Buthelezi

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Mangosuthu Buthelezi (KwaZulu), Kaizer Matanzima (Transkei) en Lucas Mangope (Bophuthatswana). Picture: Getty Images
Mangosuthu Buthelezi (KwaZulu), Kaizer Matanzima (Transkei) en Lucas Mangope (Bophuthatswana). Picture: Getty Images

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While former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi may have been a thorn in the side of the apartheid government, he was certainly not the “anvil on which apartheid was broken”, as has been claimed by political scientist Henning Melber in various publications.

Melber, who approvingly cites this claim by former Anglo American chairperson Gavin Relly, does not further explore Relly’s relationship with the KwaZulu homeland leader.

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