National Freedom Party (NFP) leader, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi has passed away aged 59.
Her party the NFP confirmed that she died in the early hours of Monday morning at Umhlanga Hospital in Durban .
NFP Secretary General, Canaan Mdletshe, said cardiac arrest was revealed as the cause of KaMagwaza-Msibi's passing.
"The doctors tried everything to save her, but unfortunately she succumbed to the cardiac arrest," said Mdletshe.
KaMagwaza-Msibi served as Deputy Minister of Science and Technology during Jacob Zuma's presidency between 2014 and 2019, but couldn't perform her duties for a good part of the term of office because the stroke had affected her speech and mobility. She resigned as a Member of Parliament in 2019 due to illhealth.
Ka-Magwaza-Msibi was also a member of the Inkatha Freedom Party befor she left due to leadership squabbles and formed her own party the NFP.