MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI'S TRIBUTE TO JOHN PAUL II

April 3, 2005

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, today paid tribute to His Holiness, John Paul II, describing the late Holy See as a "giant symbol of light and hope in a fragmented and often confused world.".

Buthelezi, recalling his two encounters with the Holy See, said that that the Pope left an indelible impression that the servant heart of Christ beat within him.

Buthelezi said:

"John Paul II led the Roman Catholic Church with the servant heart nature of Christ and in a fast changing world, the Wisdom of Solomon.

"He was a visionary whose role in defeating Communism and ending the Cold War was undeniable".