The founder and leader of the National Freedom Party (NFP) Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi passed away on Monday.
Rest in peace Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi. First black woman who launched a political party & led it to parliament. pic.twitter.com/WgxSWKWfny
— Bra Hloni (@HonourableHloni) September 6, 2021
The spokesperson of the NFP and kaMagwaza-Msibi’s family, Canaan Mdletshe, said the former deputy minister of science and technology passed away on Monday morning at the uMhlanga Hospital due to cardiac arrest.
We are receive the news of passing away of President Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi uVZ with sadness. May her soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/8l8VK1ETfr
— Bonginkosi Khanyile (@Khanyile_BG) September 6, 2021
Mdletshe said kaMagwaza-Msibi’s death is devastating both to her family and the NFP.
Zanele Kamagwaza-Msibi took initiative and became the first woman to lead a party into our legislature.
She paved the way for the many Black female leaders we see in Parliament today.
Hamba Kahle, Mama. ✊🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/6lRViAcMVs
— Cameron Kendall Peters (@CameronKendall) September 6, 2021
KaMagwaza-Msibi has been the president of the NFP since she founded it in 2011 and she was re-elected to the position unopposed during the party’s elective conference in 2019, Mdletshe said.
Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi has passed away. She is the leader of NFP and mother to actress Gugu 'Mamlambo' Gumede. Sending sincere condolences to her family, friends and party comrades.❤️🕊️ #RIPZaneleKaMagwazaMsibi pic.twitter.com/3XEOmPn1bF
— Bekithemba Zulu 🇿🇦 (@BekithembaZ) September 6, 2021
In 2014 kaMagwaza-Msibi suffered a severe stroke and underwent several medical operations thereafter, Mdletshe said.
Death is not a period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. RIP Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi pic.twitter.com/Smb6ljCOZr
— Danion (@danion_dona) September 6, 2021
“This time around, last week she did not feel well,” Mdletshe said, explaining that she was then hospitalized and doctors revealed that she had issues with her heart.
RIP to Mam’Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi and condolences to her friends and family she really proved to be a strong and brave black women to form her own political party it was inspiring to watch and she did it successfully 🕊🕊💔💔 pic.twitter.com/RYUhwoz6mv
— khulekanikhumalo (@khuleka56912693) September 6, 2021
Mdletshe said kaMagwaza-Msibi’s family is heartbroken and in disbelief and that one of her daughters was in denial when informed of her mother’s passing.
— #KingBebe 💙👑 (@KingMntungwa) September 6, 2021
Mdletshe added that kaMagwaza-Msibi’s unexpected death will affect the NFP, in particular, ahead of the local government elections.
Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi served for 19 years as a councillor, 15 of those years as Mayor of the Zululand District Municipality. Former chairperson of the IFP and the candidate for Premier of KwaZulu-Natal in the 2009 general election.
— Kgothatso Mphuthi (@KgothatsoMphuth) September 6, 2021
KaMagwaza-Msibi was expected to lead the party’s campaign for the elections, Mdletshe said.
Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi may your soul rest in eternal peace pic.twitter.com/VbcddR9VC4
— Linda okaDlamini Dlamini (@LindaDl49289097) September 6, 2021
“It is going to affect the organisation, it is going to affect our campaign,” Mdletshe said.
🕊Phumula ntombazane ❤️❤️ Veronica Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi pic.twitter.com/nAihLeELZu
— DONDA 🐐 (@iamvuks_m) September 6, 2021
Mdletshe described kaMagwaza-Msibi as a kind and unique leader who was one of the first black women to establish a political party which managed to secure six seats both at the National Assembly and the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
RIP ZANELE KAMAGWAZA MSIBI 😭😭😰😭 pic.twitter.com/UbHmdgpjEQ
— Sbukosezwe (@MlungisiNjomane) September 6, 2021
Tributes poured in following reports of kaMagwaza-Msibi’s passing on Monday morning, with condolences to her family shared by different political parties, including her former political home the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the African National Congress (ANC), the GOOD party and the United Democratic Movement (UDM).
R.I.P. mam Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi ukulwile ukulwa okuhle pic.twitter.com/ahQKaoMAIK
— Dj Asiye WaBantu 📻Imbongi YeSizwe (@DjAsiyeWabantu) September 6, 2021
IFP spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said during kaMagwaza-Msibi’s time with the party she had been committed to implementing its manifesto and that it was “no small feet” that she was one of the first women to be appointed as mayor when ahe took up the position at the Zululand District in KwaZulu-Natal.
RIP Mam Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi, condolences to her family, friends and NPF members. https://t.co/wh3hynNsqf
— Khetha Nkosi Mcobothi ®️ (@Kay_Mcobothi) September 6, 2021
Hlengwa further pointed out that the IFP had fielded kaMagwaza-Msibi as its KwaZulu-Natal premier candidate in 2009.
NFP founding leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi dies 😔 pic.twitter.com/Gzb01q96HU
— Mlamuli M Mnyandu (@lee_mlam) September 6, 2021
Hlengwa added that internal differences and challenges led to kwaMagazwa-Msibi breaking away from the IFP, which was regrettable, “a political mistake that should not have happened”.
— Ndlolothi (@Manqoba_Mbuli) September 6, 2021
The leader of the GOOD party Patricia de Lille said kaMagwaza-Msibi’s death is a great loss to the country because she was a committed, courageous and strong leader.
National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi dies – Our condolences to her family and NFP.What a hard worker she was.U have to look no further than her role in building IFP Women’s Organisation . Her role in est NFP is well https://t.co/Zew03vpsUA. https://t.co/UhRJ8IxHOy
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) September 6, 2021
“I’m going to miss you my sister, rest in peace,” de Lille said.
Sad news. My deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and NFP party members on the passing of National Freedom Party Leader, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. May her soul Rest In Peace. https://t.co/L4kRCWIS0F
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) September 6, 2021
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