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
Contact: 076 553 1240