14 April 2013
IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
leaves for London tomorrow to attend the funeral of his late
friend, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, with whom he stayed in very
close contact, even after her retirement from politics, and in
Probably, Buthelezi will be the only South
African amongst the 2000 world leaders and celebrities who will
pay their last respects to the icon of British politics on
Wednesday. The invitation speaks not only of their close
relationship, but is also in recognition of Buthelezi's role in
They found themselves to be kindred spirits,
equally committed to the cause of freedom in the world, and to a
non-communist outcome to the South African liberation.
Baroness Thatcher was among those great world
leaders who fought and won the Cold War. Had South African
fallen to Soviet control or influence, in all probability our
country would have been become the grounds for a major Cold War
conflict. Baroness Thatcher joined Prince Buthelezi in
denouncing violence and the Soviet-backed ANC's Peoples' War in
our country. She supported Buthelezi's call for an
all-inclusive, negotiated outcome to our liberation, rather than
the impossible dream of a Soviet backed armed struggle and
insurrection. She also supported Buthelezi's call for the
rejection of economic disinvestment and international sanctions
against our Country, which both leaders recognized would only
hurt the poorest of the poor in South Africa, without being felt
by apartheid and the ruling minority, as it turned out to be the
The cooperation between the two leaders in
this respect, moved the Western world towards working in a
constructive manner for an all-inclusive non-Soviet South
African liberation. This message received the support of US
Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Prime Minister of Holland Den Uyl,
Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and others.
Like Buthelezi, Thatcher stood by her
principles and recognized that the abdication of principles,
only leads to decay. She shared Buthelezi's dream to make South
Africa great in a manner akin to how she returned greatness to
the UK. She loved South Africa and saw and hoped for a
leadership place in the world for our country.
The IFP President will be accompanied by his
advisor, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, an IFP MP.
The media will be provided with pictures and
updates, as and when available.
Liezl van der Merwe, MP on +27 82 729
Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, MP on +27 82 556 0240.