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Vol 37 No 14

Published 5th July 1996

South Africa

White Zulus

Some of the blame for Inkatha's weaker showing in the local elections is being laid at the door of the numerous 'white Zulus' who have attached themselves to Mangosuthu Buthelezi's cause. The white Zulus and their professional advisors misunderstand South African politics, say some disenchanted Inkatha activists. White Zulu input ranges from hands-on constitutional advice from Italian-American Mario Ambrosini to the more discreet expositions of conservationist Sir Laurens van der Post. Somewhere in between can be found British zoo keeper and casino proprietor John Aspinall, who sometimes shares a platform with Buthelezi at Inkatha rallies.

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