Former NNP Gauteng leader dies

2015-10-05 17:05

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Cape Town - Former New National Party (NNP) Gauteng leader Johan Kilian died of a heart attack on Monday.

According to Congress of the People's (Cope) Deidre Carter, a friend of Kilian's wife Juli, he was taken to hospital with chest pains earlier on Monday.

Although Juli Kilian left Cope to join the ANC, Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota said he was "deeply saddened" to hear of Johan Kilian's death. Juli Kilian was a former Cope MP.

"In the first five years of our existence, Johan was an active and hard working member of Cope. He lent a big hand in helping to put our finances in order," Lekota said in a statement.

"Cope conveys its condolences to his wife Juli Killian and their children. We pray God grants them strength to get through this difficult time in their lives. May his soul rest in peace."

The Kilians were well known on the political scene until Johan Kilian decided to leave politics.

Carter said Kilian was 71 when he died.

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