File: IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and his wife Irene.
JOHANNESBURG - The wife of IFP leader and MP Mangosuthu Buthelezi has died.
In a brief statement, the Buthelezi family says Princess Irene Audrey Thandekile Buthelezi died after a long illness.
"Following a long and difficult illness, Princess Irene passed away peacefully this morning at KwaPhindangene," the statement read.
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The Buthelezi's were married for 67 years.
The family requested that their privacy is respected as the necessary arrangements are made for the funeral, the date for which will be announced in due course.