The IFP has learned with tremendous sadness of the passing on of the President of the National Freedom Party (NFP), the Hon. Mrs Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and her Party, as well as to the people of South Africa, whom she served throughout her political career.
The IFP recalls the committed leadership of the Hon. Mrs kaMagwaza-Msibi, whose political ideals were formed in the IFP from an early age. She served in our structures and was mentored by the Founder and then President of our Party, who recognised in her, the passion to create social and economic justice for our country.
The IFP benefitted from her leadership when she served as our National Chairperson, and we confidently advanced her as our Premier candidate for KwaZulu-Natal, in the 2009 national and provincial elections.
At a time like this, one would not wish to remember subsequent events. Suffice to say that when the Hon. Mrs kaMagwaza-Msibi split the IFP and formed the NFP, our Founder maintained that the door would never be closed, despite the deep pain that had been caused. We therefore have no negative words as the nation grieves this loss of a former Deputy Minister, Member of Parliament, and political leader.
We acknowledge the difficult time experienced by the NFP as its President struggled with ill health, and we extend our sympathies. We know that she will be honoured as the founding leader of the NFP, and we recognise the pain of loss for her supporters and friends.
May all those who grieve this untimely loss be comforted and may the Hon. Mrs Zanele Veronica kaMagwaza-Msibi rest in peace.