Kubheka died in a car crash on Saturday, the African National Congress said in a statement.
“Mbuso Kubheka, a well-trained and seasoned cadre, was one of our comrades who rose rapidly through the ranks of the ANC Youth League.”
He served in the ANCYL in the Midlands region before becoming part of the first ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee in 1995.
In 2004, Kubheka’s “outstanding leadership” resulted in his election as the regional chairman of the eMalahleni region.
Later in the same year, he was elected as the ANC’s deputy provincial secretary in KwaZulu-Natal, a position he held until 2008.
Kubheka also served in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, where he displayed “remarkable leadership skills and made great contributions in legislative processes”, the ANC said.
He was a founding member of the Newcastle Youth Organisation and was a former member of the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which later led to his arrested by the apartheid government.
“Mbuso… played a very instrumental role in building structures of the movement in eMalahleni region and the surrounding areas,” said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala.
“He was an astute political educator who loved dedicating time in teaching young people about the ANC and the revolution in general.”
The ANC sent its condolences to his family, relatives and to party members, especially those in the eMalahleni region.