African National Congress (ANC) leaders such as former President Jacob Zuma are among mourners expected to attend the funeral service of the late Limpopo MEC for Agriculture, Joyce Mashamba, in the Mudavula village outside Vuwani.

The former ANC and South African Communist Party (SACP) National Executive member died last week following a long illness.

She will be laid to rest later at the nearby Malamula village.

The 67-year-old Mashamba has served the ANC in different portfolios since 1994. She was the longest serving MEC in the province.

Mashamba was married to ANC veteran George Mashamba, who served under Zuma underground as an Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) operative during the struggle days.

George Mashamba was imprisoned on the Robben Island for 10 years.

Meanwhile, residents of Mulamula village say they will remember the late Joyce Mashamba as a strong activist.