By: Kaya 959 News
KZN’s first premier after democratic elections Dr Frank Mdlalose will be honoured with a state-funded official funeral.
Dr Mdlalose was born on 29 November 1931 in Nquthu, northern Natal and died on Saturday 4 April 2021 at the age of 89.
He succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.
Dr Mdlalose was in office from 11 May 1994 until 1 March 1997.
He has been described as a pillar of strength for his family and the community at large.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala led a delegation yesterday to his home in Newcastle, where they paid their respects.
The funeral of the former premier will take place this coming Thursday, 8 April 2021, in Newcastle.
IFP described Dr Mdlalose as an “outstanding servant of South Africa”.
[STATEMENT] On the Passing of the First Premier of KwaZulu-Natal #DrFrankMdlalose
Statement by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,MP – Founder and President Emeritus of the Inkatha Freedom Party
— Inkatha Freedom Party (@IFPinParliament) April 4, 2021
Tributes continue to pour in following the news of his passing.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the declaration by His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa to grant the late former and first democratically elected Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Frank Mdlalose, a Special Official Provincial Funeral Category 2. pic.twitter.com/wbqKETBcPs
— KZN Provincial Gov (@kzngov) April 6, 2021
May the Mdlalose family be comforted during this time, Dr Frank Mdlalose was one of the Great Pioneers . @MkhulekoHlengwa
— Thandeka Fuze ? (@Thandeka_NRB) April 3, 2021
— Premier Sihle Zikalala (@sziks) April 5, 2021
Image courtesy of Twitter.