NFP president apologises for withholding truth about stroke

2015-11-03 12:52
Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. (The Witness)

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. (The Witness)

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Durban - National Freedom Party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi in an open letter to her followers, admitted it was a mistake withholding information about the stroke she suffered last year, a condition that kept her out of the public eye for a year.

- Health24: What is a stroke?

KaMagwaza-Msibi, who is also the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, apologised unreservedly for her absence.

“First of all, I am alive. Secondly I would like to apologise to you on behalf of my family and my team for the manner in which… my sickness was handled. I know you have many questions concerning my health that have not been answered.

“Without shifting the responsibility, I believe not being honest with you from the beginning was a huge mistake.”

30% chance of survival

KaMagwaza-Msibi finally confirmed that on November 17, 2014 she suffered a stroke at her Newcastle home.

“I went into a coma for days and there was a point where the doctors feared the worst. My family was prepared for the worst as the doctors gave me a 30% chance of survival.

“Unfortunately those around me did not know how to handle the situation, so they informed the public that I was suffering from fatigue, which is partly true since it is part of the causes of the stroke,” she explained.

She said after the stroke she needed time to regain her strength, and described it as one of "the most difficult and challenging periods" of her life.

“Together with my medical team I have been able to regain my strength and to closely monitor all the elements that seem to be affecting the NFP of late,” KaMagwaza-Msibi wrote, pleading with party members to unite.


“I had a close shave with death, but God performed miracles so much that I am now able to write this letter to you.

“But one of my priorities when I return would be to lead massive awareness campaigns against strokes.”

KwaMagwaza-Msibi made her first public appearance on October 2, when she met with traditional leaders and party leadership.

She continued, “I ask all members of my party to join forces and work together in paving the way to the next local government elections.

“I love you and there is not a day that goes by in which I do not miss serving you the South African public. But I would like to assure you that I will be back to carry on with my God given purpose of being a servant to you my fellow countrymen.”

- Read more on strokes on Health24

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