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Letter: Popular chief

In his article "United they could only fail" (12 May), John Carlin describes Mangosuthu Buthelezi as "devil, tyrant, tin-pot, envious, deceitful, cruel". What seems to rile him is that "Buthelezi has snarled his way through the good times and the bad" and now has greater support in KwaZulu Natal than ever before.

The ANC's seduction of King Goodwill has backfired. The traditional nation stands firmly behind Inkatha and Chief Buthelezi and are favourites to win the KwaZulu Natal election.

John Aspinall

London SW1