A 90th Birth­day Trib­ute to Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi

Prince Buthelezi has al­ways been a warm friend of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in his home prov­ince, but also at a na­tional level

Inner City Gazette - - News -

On Mon­day 8th Oc­to­ber at Yeshiva Col­lege in JHB, the Jew­ish com­mu­nity gath­ered in the hun­dreds, to pay trib­ute to the in­cred­i­ble Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, in cel­e­bra­tion of his 90th Birth­day.

The SA Jew­ish Board of Deputies, to­gether with the SA Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion, SA Friends of Is­rael, and the Of­fice of the Chief Rabbi – hosted this event in hon­our of this won­der­ful man.

Prince Buthelezi has al­ways been a warm friend of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in his home prov­ince, but also at a na­tional level. Fur­ther­more, at a time when stand­ing up for Is­rael has be­come in­creas­ingly un­fash­ion­able, Prince Buthelezi’s staunch op­po­si­tion to anti-Is­rael bias in the po­lit­i­cal arena, his ad­vo­cacy of closer ties be­tween Is­rael and South Africa, and his con­sis­tent sup­port for a peace­ful, ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tion to the Mid­dle East con­flict has fur­ther earned him the grat­i­tude of the South African Jew­ish com­mu­nity.

Sev­eral ad­dresses were made, hon­our­ing Prince Buthelezi, re­count­ing the many times his un­wa­ver­ing sup­port was re­ceived, and the friend­ships and ex­pe­ri­ences that have grown through­out the years.

This in­cluded a wel­come by Avrom Kren­gel (Pres­i­dent of SAZF), fol­lowed by Chief Rabbi, Dr War­ren Gold­stein who de­liv­ered a Dvar To­rah, and Shaun Zag­noev (Chair­man of SAJBD). Ben Swartz (Chair­man of SAZF), also ad­dressed the Prince, re­call­ing the inspiring mo­ments they all shared on their trip to Is­rael, in 2014.

“Am­bass­dor Lior Keinan brought greet­ings from Is­rael, stat­ing that “You have a place of hon­our not only in South Africa, but in Is­rael, too”.

Rabbi Avra­ham Tanzer (Glen­hazel Shul and Rosh Yeshiva) pre­sented the Prince with a Meno­rah – rep­re­sent­ing the light unto which he brings to the na­tion.

And to­gether with the grade one pupils, ev­ery­one sang Happy Birth­day and re­joiced this mile­stone.

The man of hon­our, Prince Buthelezi, then took to the podium, and ad­dressed the wel­com­ing and en­gaged au­di­ence. “From the start, I dis­agree with the de­ci­sion taken by the ANC to down­grade South Africa’s em­bassy in Is­rael. It is short-sighted and re­gres­sive. More­over it stands in op­po­si­tion to our coun­try’s role as a me­di­a­tor for peace.”

This very state­ment was met with loud ap­plause. He then re­galed his long and un­di­vided friend­ship with Jew­ish familes, such as Arnold and Rose­mary Zul­man and Dr Mosie and He­len Suz­man, whom opened their homes and hearts to the Buthelezi fam­ily dur­ing the Apartheid strug­gle.

To­wards the end of his speech, Prince Buthelezi un­ap­polo­get­i­cally said,

The au­di­ence was left in awe, but such a great, yet hum­ble man.

Happy 90th Birth­day, Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi. It is an hon­our and priv­e­lage to call you a friend. - this ar­ti­cle first ap­peared on sazion­fed

“I have no shame in telling the truth about Is­rael or about my friend­ship with the Jew­ish com­mu­nity. In­deed, I am proud”

Man­go­suthu Buthelezi re­cently at­tained his 90th Birth­day: Pic­ture Sup­plied

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