South Africa The Other Black Leader

Buthelezi may be prince of the Zulus, but he is a king-size headache to Mandela and the A.N.C.

"I think that, more than anyone in this country, it is I who have brought matters to where they are today." The words of President F.W. de Klerk? Or black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela? No, the speaker at last week's press conference was Mangosuthu Buthelezi, 61, the self-confident president of Inkatha, chief minister of KwaZulu and prince of the Zulus.

Whether in his well-cut business suits or ceremonial skins and feathers, Buthelezi is the country's other black leader. When Mandela and De Klerk meet in Cape Town this week to debate obstacles to negotiations, Buthelezi will be conspicuously absent. Unlike the...

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