NFP leader KaMagwaza-Msibi expected back in June

2016-04-05 11:41

Durban – National Freedom Party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi is expected to make her return to politics in June this year, the party’s chairperson said on Tuesday.

NFP national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe said doctors indicated that the deputy minister of science and technology would have recovered fully to address the party’s election campaign rally in June.

"She is not yet 100%, but we were told that she would be ready for the rally on June 18. There has been a big improvement," said Shelembe.

KaMagwaza-Msibi suffered a stroke at her Newcastle home on November 17, 2014, and has been home recovering for more than a year-and-a-half. In a letter penned to her followers last year, KaMagwaza-Msibi admitted that she had been in a coma for days and that there was a point when doctors had feared the worst. She had been given a 30% chance of survival.

Shelembe said when KaMagwaza-Msibi met with the executive committee last week she indicated that she would not be available before June.

"We had a good meeting and she committed to the 18th."

He would not be drawn to on how the stroke had affected KaMagwaza-Msibi, after the Mercury reported on Tuesday that she was still struggling to talk. Her spokesperson Canaan Mdletshe told the newspaper that KwaMagwaza-Msibi had gone back to work and reported to the head office in Pretoria three days a week.

Shelembe said: "Nothing is really different about her physical appearance. She has gone back to work, but doctors have advised that she does not do anything that is strenuous.

"She is doing very well."

KaMagwaza-Msibi’s spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.

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