NFP Leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi passes away
The President of the National Freedom Party (NFP) and Former Deputy Minister of Science and technology, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi (59) passed on today, in an Umhlanga hospital, Durban.
KaMagwaza passed on in hospital after suffering from an undisclosed illness for some time.
Condolences continued to pour in from the general public and political parties. The leader of United Democratic Movement (UDM), Bantu Holomisa extended his condolences to the family and NFP.
I am so aggrieved by the passing of #KaMagwazaMsibi
What a fearless and astute leader. May the heavens of our freedom fighters welcome her well
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“Mama Zanele worked very hard for IFP, she was a pillar of strength for IFP before she launched her own political party. We must understand that her hard work did affect her health and we say to the followers of the NFP and those of IFP that Zanele did participate successfully to change the political landscape of South Africa. May those who will continue to run her legacy understand that she was a powerful women who stood against all odds, may her soul rest in peace,” he said.
The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal believed that KaMagwaza was a person who defied all odds, paved the way for many women in politics and proved that women can lead the front.
In a statement, the ANC offered condolences to KaMagwaza’s 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.