Irene Audrey Thandekile Buthelezi, described as the "beloved" wife of veteran politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has died. “Following a long and difficult illness, Princess Irene passed away peacefully this morning at KwaPhindangene,” the family of the IFP leader said in a statement on Monday. “She leaves behind her husband of almost 67 years, their children Prince Ntuthukoyezwe Zuzifa, Princess Phumzile Nokuphiwa and Princess Sibuyiselwe Angela, and many grandchildren. All are devastated by this loss.” The family requested that their privacy be respected as the necessary arrangements are made for the funeral of the 89-year-old, the date for which will be announced in due course. “We thank our many friends and supporters for their love, prayers and condolences in this painful time. Our greatest solace is in knowing that Princess Irene Buthelezi has been received by her Lord. By His grace, she rests in peace.” In 2008, their daughter Lethuxolo Bengitheni died in a road accident. She wa...

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