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IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has apologised to both the living and the dead whom he might have hurt or offended in any way during his long life.
Buthelezi made his apology at his 80th birthday celebrations at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Saturday night.
The bash was on a high note as orchestra music was played in memory of his late mother, Princess Magogo kaDinizulu, who was also a great singer.
The birthday was also attended by King Goodwill Zwelithini, Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Education Minister Naledi Pandor, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, Azapo president Mosibudi Mangena, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Zweli Mkhize, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa and international guests.
Buthelezi also apologised to his children for not spending quality time with them during the years he served the people of South Africa.
"As a thank you to my wife, I must apologise to my children for that which they too had to endure on account of being my children, which often set them back in their own goals as they became the indirect target of hatred some have had for me through the decades," he said.
Buthelezi said he had dedicated his entire life to serve the poor and had not even once sought personal wealth and position or power.
He was showered with gifts, including words of appreciation for playing a pivotal role in the fight against apartheid.
Professor Herbert Vilakazi said Buthelezi was a great leader.
"This celebration is for us as the nation," Vilakazi said.
King Zwelithini said: "Prince Buthelezi is a complete blessing to Zulus and all South Africans."