Former EFF MP Vuyokazi Ketabahle dies

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Vuyokazi Ketabahle died on Saturday from stroke.
Vuyokazi Ketabahle died on Saturday from stroke.
  • Eastern Cape ANC Youth League stalwart and former EFF parliamentarian Vuyokazi Ketabahle has died. 
  • Ketabahle died on Saturday and will be buried this coming weekend in Dutywa, Eastern Cape.
  • She was one of the youth league members who left with Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu to start the EFF.

Former member of the National Assembly Vuyokazi Ketabahle has died. 

Ketabahle, 49, died on Saturday evening.

She suffered a stroke at Butterworth Hospital following a long illness. 

She will be buried on Saturday in her hometown of Dutywa, Eastern Cape. 

She was a former member of the EFF in Parliament, serving in the tourism portfolio committee from 2015, before moving to the telecommunications portfolio committee in 2017. 

In 2018, she resigned from Parliament to rejoin her ANC branch in the Mbhashe Local Municipality.

She died as an ANC member, said family spokesperson Mzubanzi Mzendana.

Mzendana said Ketabahle was sick for some time, but had managed her illness very well.

She was admitted to hospital on 30 December 2022, just hours after she returned from a relative's funeral.

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"As the family, we are extremely [devastated] by this news. It is hard to believe she is no more. We had so much faith and hope that she would survive this stroke. What is worse is that, when I checked on her on Friday, I was told that she was talking and eating," said Mzendana.

"We had so much hope for the future."    

Ketabahle was one of the founding members of the EFF, having left the ANC Youth League to start the party, along with Julius Malema, following his famous expulsion from the ANC in February 2012. 

In the EFF, she started as a commissar for home affairs and worked in the Eastern Cape legislature's administration.

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Ketabahle matriculated at JS Skenjane High School - and her political career started in the Mbhashe Local Municipality, where she joined the ANC Youth League. 

Mzendana said Ketabahle showed an interest in politics after noticing that the municipality and South Africa needed people to uplift the community and citizens.

"She grew stronger and was respected by the branches as she was fighting for better life for all. She helped shape the ANCYL nationally and led the masses in the province," said Mzendana.

Comment from the EFF will be added if received.

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