It is with sadness that the IFP announces the passing of its former Secretary General and long-time standing Member of the IFP National Council (the Party’s highest decision making body in between conferences) Mme Sibongile Judith Nkomo (63), who died last night after a long illness at a Durban hospital.
Ms Nkomo was elected IFP Secretary General by the National General Conference in 2012.
She executed her duties as Secretary General with a high level of professionalism, diligence and efficiency of the highest order.
Ms Nkomo represented the best of IFP leadership in general and woman leadership in particular.
Previously Ms Nkomo represented the IFP in the Gauteng Legislature where she also chaired the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa).
In 2013 the IFP deployed Ms Nkomo to the National Assembly until the 8 May 2019 National and Provincial Elections. In Parliament she amongst other committees served in Finance, Home Affairs and Tourism.
Ms Nkomo was a competent, analytical and dedicated Member of Parliament.
Owing to her ill health Ms Nkomo stepped down as the IFP Secretary General in January 2019 in an effort to tend to her health and also give the Party an opportunity to focus on the 2019 Elections.
We had hoped that she would return to good health and continue her servant leadership to the IFP and South Africa.
Ms Nkomo, a nurse by profession, was the IFP’s Premier Candidate for Gauteng in 1999. She also served previously as the IFP Women’s Brigade Gauteng Provincial Secretary and later the IFPWB Publicity Secretary before being elected IFP Secretary General.
In all her elected positions in the IFP and those of public office Ms Nkomo always gave of her best. She was a trusted leader in the IFP and a committed servant of the People.
Ms Nkomo is survived by her daughter Zama, her Mother and 4 brothers.
The IFP shares this deep loss with the Nkomo family, and we mourn with them and offer them our most sincere and heartfelt condolences.
May our dearly departed Comrade and Leader rest in Gods perfect peace.
In consultation with the family details of the memorial service and funeral will be communicated once they are finalised.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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