IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi and ANC leaders paid their final respects to struggle hero Johnny Makhathini in Durban on Saturday.
Thousands turned up at Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg to pay tribute to Makhathini as his remains were reburied on Saturday at Heroes' Acre, Slangspruit, where Moses Mabhida is also buried.
Buthelezi was welcomed with thunderous applause by ANC members as he walked to the podium. He told the crowd that he had been reluctant to attend the ceremony when President Jacob Zuma extended the invitation because he feared being humiliated by ANC members. He joked that the IFP had better loose cannons than the ANC.
Zuma said Makhathini had always pushed the agenda of unity among Africans and the fight against apartheid.
"He worked tirelessly with other leaders of his generation. Makhathini created the conditions for the achievement of our freedom."
Makhathini's remains were repatriated from Lusaka two weeks ago. He been buried there for 22 years. He died from diabetic complication in December 1988.