Former ANCYL leader dies

By Drum Digital
02 December 2015

Politicians have reacted with shock to the news of the passing of former ANC Youth League leader Andile Nkuhlu.

By Siyabonga Kamnqa

(Edited)

The Eastern-Cape-born politician, socialite and businessman had been hospitalised for several weeks after a long illness, according to a family spokesperson.

He died in the early hours of Tuesday morning at a private hospital in Johannesburg.

In a statement, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the party had learnt with sadness of the passing of Nkuhlu.

“He emerged from the ranks of the youth structures of the Mass Democratic Movement to be among notable leaders of the ANCYL. He belonged to the generation of ANCYL leaders, who unapologetically infused radical outlook and programmes in the ANC thus making the organisation more appealing and relevant to youth aspirations,” Kodwa said.

Nkuhlu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) honours in business/managerial economics from the University of the Western Cape and was executive director at Nkwe Platinum Limited.

His funeral is set to be held in his Port Elizabeth hometown next Saturday.

Most will remember him as one of the founding members of the Congress of the People (Cope).

But in a surprise move, Nkuhlu resigned from the party in 2010 and defected to the ANC together with other Cope members, including Anele Mda, JJ Tabane and other senior members.

Nkuhlu, who was married to businesswoman Zintle Nkuhlu until their divorce in 2012, was at the forefront of the unsuccessful campaign to have former President Thabo Mbeki run for a third term as ANC president in Polokwane in 2007.

* The photograph we used earlier in relation to the death of Nkuhlu was published in error. We apologise to the readers and the affected parties for the mistake.

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