Former Durban Mayor Sipho Ngwenya has died. Ngwenya was the first mayor of Durban in democratic South Africa.  He served as mayor from 1994 to 1996. He was also the chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Local Government Association.

Family spokesperson Thobile Ngwenya has described Ngwenya as a dedicated family man who cared for his community.

“He will always be the tree of the family, that family man that had love for not just his family but fellow South Africans. I think it is still unreal, he was still active with Amakhosi, your traditional leaders in the province.”

Ngwenya says that he was suffering from a respiratory condition: