National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi dies

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National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi.
National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi.
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  • NFP founder and leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has died. 
  • She resigned from Parliament in 2019, citing ill health.
  • The ANC has offered condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. 

National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi died in hospital on Monday, the party said.

NFP MP Ahmed Shaik Emam said the party was reeling from the news.

He said kaMagwaza-Msibi had been admitted to an Umhlanga hospital in Durban.

KaMagwaza-Msibi, a former deputy minister, cited ill health when she resigned from Parliament in 2019.

In a statement, the ANC offered condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. 

"Mama Zanele served the people of South Africa with distinction during her tenure as a parliamentarian between 2014 and 2019 when she resigned due to ill health. She also served as Deputy Minister of Science and Technology in the Cabinet of former president Jacob Zuma. She was also president of the National Freedom Party," ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said. 

KaMagwaza-Msibi was part of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) since her youth and was second-in-command to IFP leader Mongosuthu Buthelezi. She left that party in 2011 and formed her own party, contesting elections. 

In 2014, after she became an MP, Zuma appointed her Deputy Minister of Science and Technology. 

Shortly after her appointment, kwaMagwaza-Msibi became ill as a result of a stroke. 

The NFP said on Monday that it was saddened by her death.

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