Bishopstrow Resident Leo Aylen Is To Make A Film About Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Wednesday 1st August 2018:

Leo Aylen, who lives in Bishopstrow, is off to KwaZulu, South Africa, following an invitation to make a film about Mangosuthu Buthelezi. 

Leo refers to Buthelezi as "an honest and honourable politician who has regularly contravened the unwritten law of political behaviour — by speaking the truth." 

Leo, in his blog, also writes: "Some people are starting to realise that Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who for the last 40 years has had regular assassination threats, almost, almost, almost,  in 1986, succeeded in instigating a peaceful transfer of power from South Africa’s white government. The abominable President P.W.Botha, his lumpily evil character appropriately matched by his purblind stupidity, put a stop to such a revolution. So it was left to the ANC, running their so-called ‘peaceful’ revolution which left over 20,000 dead, mostly Zulus, mostly innocent civilians, some of them killed by a method so brutal it would have disgusted the Nazis."

Buthelezi is about to celebrate his ninetieth birthday, and he still risks his life.

Leo Aylen (pictured above) was born in 1935 in KwaZulu, South Africa, the son of Charles Aylen, whom the Zulus elected Bishop of Zululand. Although brought up in England, Leo kept in touch with Zulu friends, including Prince Buthelezi with whom he has corresponded for twenty years. He spent time in KwaZulu during the late 1970’s on a travel fellowship, and then made a performing tour of theatres, campuses, and Black arts centres; he performed at the Space in Cape Town, and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. In the late 1980’s, as apartheid was collapsing, he returned to the country, was detained by South African Army Intelligence for possessing books by banned black writers, participated in various Zulu and Swazi conferences, and gave poetry performances, including one to a gathering of three thousand Zulus in an open-air amphitheatre, as a prelude to a display of Zulu dancing. He supports a charity Helwel which raises money for community development in KwaZulu.