Nov 29, 2021

NFP Leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi Dies At 59

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Family spokesperson Canaan Mdletshe confirmed that KaMagwaza-Msibi passed away due to cardiac arrest.

FILE PHOTO: Former Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi has passed on. PICTURE: ANA

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DURBAN: The founder and leader of the National Freedom Party (NFP), Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, has passed away.  

NFP MP Ahmed Shaik Emam confirmed her passing to eNCA, saying she died on Monday after she was hospitalised at Umhlanga Hospital in Durban. 

“She was in the ICU for some time and unfortunately she succumbed to her illness on Monday morning. Her untimely death is a great loss to the National Freedom Party and all South Africans at large,” he said.

Emam said, she was an inspirational leader, who despite suffering a massive stroke in 2014, she continued with her work despite her health challenges. 

Family spokesperson Canaan Mdletshe confirmed that KaMagwaza-Msibi passed away due to cardiac arrest. 

“Ms KaMagwaza-Msibi was an exemplary leader, an activist and an advocate of our democracy. She lived her life fighting and championing the cause of the poor, vulnerable and downtrodden. She was a loved and greatly respected leader, whose passing leaves many at a loss,” said Mdletshe. 

KaMagwaza-Msibi was Deputy Science and Technology minister between 2014 and 2019. She launched NFP on 25 January 2011 just before the local government elections. 

However, before founding the NFP, KaMagwaza-Msibi was a chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). 

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