PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP COLLEAGUES EXPRESS SADNESS AT SHABALALA'S DEATH

Durban: January 21, 2005

The parliamentary colleagues of Thomas Mandlenkosi Shabalala, at both the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature in Pietermaritzburg and the National Assembly in Cape Town, express their heart-felt condolences to the Shabalala family and his grieving constituency. Shabalala was Member of KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature from 1994 until 2003, when he took up a seat in the National Assembly.

"Shabalala's unwavering sense of duty carried him through a challenging career at IFP party structures and two different parliaments. His loyalty to the cause and dedication to his community were a constant source of strength and inspiration. The work of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature would not have been as rewarding without Shabalala's immense contribution. His memory will be treasured by his colleagues and constituents, whose plight he always took up as his own," said Dr Lionel Mtshali, MPP and Leader of the IFP Caucus in KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature.

"The sudden loss of Thomas is a hard blow to his loving family and constituency. This man of conviction will forever be remembered by his constituents whose bread and butter issues he persistently brought to the National Assembly. Thomas's strong personality, determination and devotion to his community will be gravely missed in the IFP and beyond," said Alfred Mpontshane, MP and IFP Whip in the National Assembly.

Contact:
Alfred Mpontshane, 083 4416 201
Lionel Mtshali, 033-3557618