Clive Ndou
1 minute read
18 Nov 2014
2:10 pm

NFP confirms Magwaza-Msibi hospitalised

Clive Ndou

National Freedom Party spokesperson Canaan Mdletshe confirmed on Tuesday that NFP leader and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, has been admitted to hospital.

FILE PICTURE: Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. Picture: GCIS

“The deputy minister has been admitted to hospital after the family advised her to rest,” Mdletshe said.

He said the NFP leader was being treated for exhaustion.

“It will be recalled that Magwaza-Msibi led the NFP’s election campaign during the 2011 local government elections and this year’s general elections and has never rested. After being appointed as the deputy minister, she has worked hard and travelled extensively, campaigning for the party and doing government work including traveling abroad,” he said.

He could not disclose the condition of the NFP leader or the name of the hospital where she was being treated.


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However, Newcastle Advertiser, a sister publication of The Citizen, reported the NFP leader had been transferred to a Durban hospital from the Newcastle MediClinic, where she was initially admitted on Monday.

Magwaza-Msibi is currently reportedly battling to keep her top position in the NFP as attempts by a faction within the party to unseat her intensify.

She has been criss-crossing KwaZulu-Natal in recent weeks in an attempt to thwart actions to unseat her.

Opponents within the NFP have accused her of selling out by joining President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet as a deputy minister.

Magwaza-Msibi, who defected from the Inkatha Freedom Party three years ago to launch the NFP, had also recently came under heavy attack from leaders of her former party, who have accused her of conniving with ANC leaders in the ruling party’s attempts to “destroy” the IFP.