In 1970, Dr. Buthelezi was asked by the KwaZulu Assembly to
accept the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Zulu Territorial Authority, a
position to which he was unanimously elected by members of that body, despite having for
some time succeeded in delaying the imposition of this structure by the South African
In 1972 he became Chief Executive Councillor to the KwaZulu
Legislative Assembly and from 1976 April 1994 was the Chief Minister of KwaZulu. He
is also the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party ever since it was founded as Inkatha in
In April 1994, Dr. Buthelezi became the Republic of South
Africas Minister of Home Affairs and has been appointed Acting President
times. He is Chairman of the House of Traditional Leaders (KwaZulu Natal).
He has, by invitation, travelled extensively over the years
throughout North America, Europe, Britain, Africa, Scandinavia, the Far East and the
Middle East. For his contribution to humanity and peace in South Africa, he has been given
numerous awards and presentations both internationally and from within South Africa.
Dr. Buthelezi is a strong proponent of African humanism known as Ubuntu
because of the value it places on the quality of human life and human relationships.