- Former premier of KwaZulu-Natal Dr Ben Ngubane has become one of the many South Africans who have lost the fight against the coronavirus
- Dr Ngubane is said to have died in the early hours of Monday at the Melomed Hosptial in Richards Bay
- He was a seasoned politician who served as the minister of health in the KwaZulu-Natal government in 1991
Dr Ben Ngubane, former premier of KwaZulu-Natal and retired politician has died after contracting Covid-19 at the age of 79.
Melomed hospital manager Randal Pedro in Richards Bay confirmed in a statement that Ngubane died at 1:40 AM on Monday according to a report by IOL.
'’It is with regret that we confirm that this retired politician and former KZN Premier and SABC and Eskom chairperson has demised earlier this morning at around 01:40,’’ read the statement.
Pedro stated that Ngubane's death is a great loss as he played an integral role in the transformation of the private healthcare landscape in northern KwaZulu-Natal and that his guidance and teachings will be missed, reports SowetanLIVE.
Pedro further stated that Melomed had been honoured to have had his years as faithful patronage and his support as an advocate for access to healthcare. Ngubane also upheld his oath as a medical doctor.
Ngabane served as the minister of health in the KwaZulu-Natal government in 1991. He was appointed as the minister of Arts and Culture in 1994.
In 2014 he served on the board of Eskom as a chairperson. He also served on the boards of the SABC and Land Bank.
Jacob Zuma's younger brother Michael dies after long illness
Briefly News recently reported that former president Jacob Zuma's family have confirmed that Zuma's younger brother Michael Zuma has died after suffering from a long illness. According to SowetanLIVE Khaya Zuma confirmed that he died on Sunday morning at around 11AM.
Khaya had earlier reported to the media that his younger brother had been ill for a number of years.
Micheal was also a big supporter of the former president during his legal battles. He also played an integral role when Zuma traditionally married Nompumelelo Ntuli. The two tied the knot in 2008 according to a report by IOL.
Khaya also stated that Michael was too ill know about the former president's current legal battles and his arrest last Wednesday, according to a report by SowetanLIVE.
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Source: Briefly News