MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP National Council Statement On Dr Oriani-Ambrosini MP

 

Ulundi: Sunday, 26 May 2013

 

It is with great shock and sadness that the IFP National Council has learned of the illness of one of its stalwarts, Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini MP.

 

The IFP Secretary-General Ms Sibongile Nkomo conveyed the IFP National Council's best wishes to Dr Oriani-Ambrosini as he takes on this fight for his life, and the battle to find a cure for cancer.

 

"We are pleased to see that Dr Ambrosini has not abandoned his fighting spirit. As the IFP National Council we wish him strength and all our support as he embarks on his journey to cure himself and to find a new approach to treating cancer, which if successful, will give hope to millions of others diagnosed with this dreaded disease," said Nkomo.

 

Nkomo said that he will be sorely missed by the IFP while he focuses his energy on this mammoth task ahead.

 

"Dr Oriani-Ambrosini is an important part of the IFP family. He is a key-player in our team, especially in our Cape Town Parliamentary Caucus where, through his raw courage, perseverance and remarkable intellect he has achieved great success as an IFP Member of Parliament," said Nkomo.

 

Nkomo added that the Party was however, extremely perturbed with the way in which the Daily News newspaper covered the matter on Friday, 24 May 2013. "The Daily News posters that greeted us on Friday reading 'Dying MP' was extremely upsetting and amounted to nothing more than cheap sensationalism.

 

We condemn this type of journalism in the strongest possible terms. We are hopeful that the newspaper will accept that the headline was offensive and hurtful, and that it warrants an apology. As the highest decision-making body of the IFP, we are hopeful that the Editor will take note of our concerns in this regard," concluded Nkomo.

 

ISSUED BY MS SIBONGILE NKOMO 

ON BEHALF OF THE IFP NATIONAL COUNCIL

 

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