Prominent ANC politician and Ex kwa Zulu Natal legislature speaker ,Dr Meshack Radebe died in hospital earlier today.
His death was made known by the party’s provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntombela,
He did not reveal Radebe’s cause of death and was waiting to meet with his family before releasing any further information.
Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala also expressed deep shock and sadness at the news.
The Premier said “this has been one of the saddest and most painful weeks in the life of the province, as we mourn the passing of one of the greatest sons of our province. Dr. Meshack Radebe served as a Member of the Legislature, Member of the Executive Council(MEC) for Social Development, and also MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. An activist community-based leader, during his time, as MEC Dr. Radebe earned himself the nickname of “Umkhumbi wokunethezeka” because of his dedication to the delivery of services especially to the poor, and other vulnerable groups.”
He further stated that Dr. Radebe’s decorated legacy is that of leading peace initiatives in KwaZulu-Natal.
“He distinguished himself in bringing peace between the warring factions of the ANC and IFP in Mpumalanga Township, near Hammarsdale where he also lived. For this work, he, together with his late IFP counterpart Sipho Mlaba, was recognized by the University of Natal and were both awarded honorary doctorates. Dr. Radebe was honored locally and internationally for his work both in peacemaking initiatives and also for his lifetime of service to the people of KwaZulu-Natal and by extension the rest of the country.