Princess Irene Buthelezi, the wife of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has died.
The 89-year-old died after a long illness on Monday, according to the party's official statement.
The couple had been married for 67 years.
Twitter has been inundated with messages of condolences and the Buthelezi family has asked for privacy at this time.
Among those paying tribute are UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, Good party leader Patricia De Lille, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen, the EFF and the ANC.
The Presidency has also issued a statement sending condolences.
Princess Irene Buthelezi dies after long illness https://t.co/3Hec7J2o7V via @eNCA Our condolences to Nkosi Buthelezi and his family. This has been a long journey for her, incl to look after Zuzi Ntuthuko & his siblings during difficult period in SA’s history . May her soul RIP. pic.twitter.com/zwyoW0WAg0— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) March 25, 2019
My deepest condolences to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and his family for the loss of his wife, Irene. May her soul Rest In Peace.— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) March 25, 2019
Condolences to the leader of @IFPinParliament Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and his family on the loss of Princess Irene. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) March 25, 2019
EFF Sends Condolences To The Buthelezis On The Passing Of Princess Irene Audrey Thandekile Buthelezi pic.twitter.com/WoiFoerOQG— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) March 25, 2019
ANC SENDS ITS DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE BUTHELEZI FAMILY pic.twitter.com/wdT6jizOJh— #VoteANC (@MYANC) March 25, 2019
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