IFP Mourns the Death of Their Hero, Mgqumeni

22nd December 2009

Inkatha Freedom Party has expressed sadness and shock at the sudden death of the well-known Maskandi artist, Kwakhe "Mgqumeni" Mseleku (Khumalo), who died last Saturday when he was being rushed to a traditional healer. IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi said:

"It was with shock and sadness that we received the news of the passing away of our Comrade, Kwakhe "Mgqumeni Mseleku (Khumalo). South Africa has been left poorer by the departure of this hero who, like many other artists involved in the promotion of traditional music and arts in general, was at the forefront of a struggle for the revival of our languages, history and values, which unfortunately are under attack in this democratic South Africa where foreign forms of art seem to get more attention and time.

"In particular, Mgqumeni's departure has robbed the IFP of one of our heroes who never allowed any pressures to lead him away from the values of our party. Until his death, Mgqumeni remained a loyal and dedicated soldier who was committed to the IFP's on-going struggle for the consummation of the post-1994 chapter of the liberation struggle. We will dearly miss his contributions to the development of the youth of our country.  

"As the Executive of the IFP Youth Brigade, we wish to call on all members of the IFP Youth Brigade to leave everything else and gather at the funeral service of Comrade Mgqumeni to pay our last respects to this hero of the IFP."

For Further Information:
Ms Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi MP
(Acting) National Chairperson:  IFPYB          
078 186 3619