The late Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Member of Parliament has been laid to rest at his home in Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal. 32-year-old Mthokozisi Nxumalo was killed in a car accident in Nongoma on Sunday.
A moving send-off to one of South Africa’s youngest parliamentarians. Nxumalo has been described by those who knew him as a visionary leader. He was elected IFP Youth Brigade chairperson in July last year.
In January 2021, he became the Deputy Chief Whip of the IFP. He served on the Portfolio committees for Public works and Infrastructure and Higher Education, Science and Technology.
Nxumalo previously served on the Portfolio Committee for Mineral Resources and Energy. His death left his family devastated.
Funeral service for the late IFP Deputy Chief Whip Mthokozisi Nxumalo:
Leaders of political parties paid tribute to Nxumalo. “What a handsome young man. What a visionary leader! What a leader with substance and content. We are here as the ANC because this child showed us how he was raised. He was robust in debate and with respect,” says ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina.
The IFP says Nxumalo was a passionate leader who was loved by all in the party.
IFP leader, Velenkosi Hlabisa says, “Death robbed us a passionate young South African. A dedicated leader, kind, true servant leader. The youth of SA lost the voice of youth agenda and the champion of youth empowerment.”
The IFP has lamented those within the party who it says have started speculating on Nxumalo’s replacement in Parliament.
Nxumalo is survived by his mother, fiancée and children. -Reporting by Bongani Gema