NFP leader easing back into work

Cape Town - Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is expected to be in Parliament on Tuesday after a long period of recovery from a stroke, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said.

"We thank God that she is back with us," said Pandor at a briefing on the department's budget.

KaMagwaza-Msibi suffered a stroke on November 17, 2014, while at home in Newcastle and was unable to work until she regained her health.

Pandor said her deputy would ease into her duties, starting by observing the department's budget vote on Tuesday.

KaMagwaza-Msibi, a former school principal and mayor in Zululand, is also the leader of the National Freedom Party (NFP), which broke away from the Inkatha Freedom Party during a leadership contest with Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The NFP formed a coalition in KwaZulu-Natal with the African National Congress after the 2011 local government elections left 19 hung municipalities in the province.

KaMagwaza-Msibi was appointed to the deputy minister's post in 2014.

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