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ISKCON Mourns and Pays Tribute to His Excellency Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi
By Krsangi Radhe Dasi   |  Sep 09, 2023

It is with gratitude and deep sadness that ISKCON extends their heartfelt condolences to the Family of Prince Buthelezi, the Zulu Nation, and followers of Prince Buthelezi, Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party.

ISKCON’s relationship with Prince Buthelezi dates back over four decades, wherein he helped secure the land on which the beautiful temple of Sri Sri Radha Radhanath in Durban was built. He was also a special guest at the temple opening on October 18th, 1985. After that, he often visited the temple on many occasions.

“His steadfast commitment to promoting culture, peace, love and togetherness was demonstrated through his various acts of support for our Food For Life projects, Festival of Chariots, and other outreach events,” said Krsangi Radhe Dasi, of the Communications Ministry for ISKCON’s South African National Council (SANC). Prince Buthelezi offered his full support to ISKCON and was always obliging to either send messages of well-wishes or personally be present at many of their celebrations. Not only was he an advocate for democracy, he was also a leader who openly embraced cultural diversity. A live interview in front of the Durban temple, celebrating this close relationship, was broadcast on Newzroom Afrika.

“We believe that all his excellent work within the community and his selfless service to God and the people of South Africa will ease his onward journey. Prince Buthelezi will be remembered as a man who stood for righteousness and carried out his duties in the most polite and remarkable manner,” Krsangi Radhe Dasi continued, “Devotees worldwide stand with the Zulu Nation and mourn his passing, for he will forever be remembered within ISKCON. We also offer our gratitude to his family for sharing Prince Buthelezi with us and pray that Lord Krishna gives you all strength during this time of mourning.”

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