Zuma saddened by Ambrosini's death

2014-08-16 20:28

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma expressed sadness at the death of IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini on Saturday.

"On behalf of government and all South Africans, we convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, the IFP and Parliament," he said in a statement.

"May his soul rest in peace."

Oriani-Ambrosini died on Saturday at the age of 53 after battling a rare form of inoperable lung cancer.

Parliament said Oriani-Ambrosini fought a valiant battle against cancer.

"We extend heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and his party, the IFP," it said in a statement.

"He was tenacious in pursuing issues about which he felt strongly."

Oriani-Ambrosini first became a Member of Parliament in 2009.

Earlier this year, after the 7 May elections, a very frail Oriani-Ambrosini lifted himself out of his wheelchair with the help of an ornate walking stick a year after announcing his diagnosis and read the oath of Parliament in his thick Italian accent.

The ANC and the DA also expressed sadness at the news of his death.

"Dr Ambrosini succumbed to his well-documented fight against cancer, leaving behind a legacy of courageous determination in the face of adversity," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

ANC Chief Whip Stone Sizani said Oriani-Ambrosini was no ordinary politician.

"Although we did not always agree with his political views, we held him in high regard for his constitutional expertise, remarkable experience on governance matters and for the contribution he made to our democratic transition process as an advisor to IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi," Sizani said in a statement.

"He was a fierce and outspoken debater, a seasoned negotiator, a principled legislator and a passionate politician."

The DA said the country had lost a great man who would be missed.

"He was a fighter for human rights and democracy, a person of integrity who understood and advanced our cause, and a powerful friend," DA federal chairperson Wilmot James said in a statement.

"Mario will be remembered for his unparalleled contribution to Parliament and the defence of our freedom and the Constitution."

  • Theo Du Preez - 2014-08-16 20:45

    RIP sir :-)

  • Kholo Warren Jesus - 2014-08-16 20:46

    j z should be saddened that he is still alive.

  • Atholl Canterbury - 2014-08-16 20:47

    One of the (very)few politicians who had trust, credibility and respect. R I P Sir

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2014-08-16 20:49

    Feels like someone I know :( I hope you join your loved ones Ambrosi. What happens when we die? I wonder.

  • WG Morgan - 2014-08-16 20:50

    Note how the ANC has taken over in this matter of an IFP MP's death. News24 - Why did you not mention the IFP? Typical ANC. Let us get rid of them! Boycott the ANC

  • Michael Mooney - 2014-08-16 20:53


  • Piet Kierie Fourie - 2014-08-16 21:49

    RIP Sir.

  • Wotnext - 2014-08-16 22:18

    A man of integrity and great personal courage. Rest in peace.

  • Linda Lee Khalifa - 2014-08-16 22:51

    Does it always have to end up with someone 6 feet under to make a difference, a lot of our citizens are dying because they can't get a supply of prescription medication, now the government should acknowledge that honourable Ambrosini's death is on them because had they legalised medicinal weed, he'd still be alive, so instead of being saddened & mushy about his death, in order to convey condolences to his family, our president & tha government should take tha steps to legalise medicinal weed not only to honour Ambrosini but also for all South Africans who need it then maybe he might just rest in piece knowing that he atleast made a difference from tha grave.

  • Gezani Robert - 2014-08-16 23:00

    RIP _ Dr Mario Ambrosini.

  • Cheryl Frost - 2014-08-16 23:19

    goodbye to one who was fighting a just cause for all South Africans. He will be greatly missed

  • Dingane Masango - 2014-08-17 00:57

    May his soul rest in peace .l hope that the medicinal marijuana issue will be buried with him.Period.

      Alexander Dowding - 2014-08-17 10:39

      Why? Patients desperately need it

  • Micheline Arlette Logan - 2014-08-17 06:47

    @Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - mesothelioma is a form of cancer linked to asbestos - many South Africans who have worked in the asbestos industry have succumbed to it. You inhale the asbestos strands and they can take 20-25 years to kill you.

  • Jay Hull - 2014-08-17 07:34

    I'm saddened that Zuma still lives

  • itumeleng.thekiso.5 - 2014-08-17 08:13

    Which school did Zuma go to, or attain an honorary degree to be accorded the Dr. Title? Pisses me off..

      liz.fivaz1 - 2014-08-17 15:28

      Dr Idiot!

  • itumeleng.thekiso.5 - 2014-08-17 08:18

    Mr. Ambrosini, a man with a just cause rests... Just legalize the damn thing it's not any worse than the Marikana massacre and other police brutality cases.

  • Periencd Laaitie - 2014-08-17 12:53

    Another death and its not zumas. Whens this guys day coming? Taking far too long

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