Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Israel’s Economic and Social Development

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP (Photo courtesy of Marc Stanes)


Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is The President of The Inkatha Freedom Party, and a Member of Parliament in South Africa. He is the Traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu Monarch and Zulu Nation.

In an exclusive interview with Joseph Sherman of United with Israel, Prince Buthelezi spoke of learning from Israel’s Economic and Social Development.

Prince Buthelezi notes:

‘It has been painful to see South Africa’s faltering economic and social progress since attaining democracy in April 1994. I think we could learn ‘a few things from Israel’s experience.”

“On 14 May 1948 Israel proclaimed its independence. Within 24 hours, it was invaded by the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. That first War of Independence lasted some 15 months. When it ended, Israel held a national election to elect its first Parliament. Voter turnout stood at 85%. By the end of the first decade, the number of employed people had doubled, industrial output had doubled, and industrial exports had increased by four-fold. In the second decade, exports doubled and the Gross National Product increased by 10% annually.”

“I long to see South Africa’s own development take off at a rapid pace, for we will never meet the growing demand for social justice and shared prosperity unless economic growth is prioritized.”

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