It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of the 41st President of the United States of America, President George H.W. Bush at the age of 94 on Friday, 30 November 2018.
America has indeed lost a great leader, a patriot and a dedicated servant of his people.
I was warmly received by President George H.W Bush on multiple occasions. At the height of apartheid, he often called on me to update him about developments in South Africa and in particular about Madiba’s well-being. We talked about the sanctions question. We talked about a wide array of other questions, including the state of play in negotiations.
During our meeting held at the White House on 20 June 1991, President Bush and I had positive and fruitful discussions about the future of South Africa. We shared the view that a new South Africa must be founded on the values of individual liberty, human dignity, and a just society based on just laws.
He remained a great supporter and friend of South Africa.
I will remember him as level-headed but resolute, humble leader. His love for his late wife Barbara and his family was exemplary. His contribution to steering America to decades of prosperity is a legacy to be honoured, celebrated and remembered.
After his long journey in the service of the country he so loved, may George H.W Bush now rest in peace. May the Lord comfort the American nation at large and the Bush family in particular. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President of the Inkatha Freedom Party