The leader of the National Freedom Party (NPF), Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, says she has recovered and is now ready to resume her career, starting with leading her party’s campaign in the Nquthu by-elections, due to be held on May 24. Magwaza-Msibi, who is also the Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, has hardly been seen in public since suffering a devastating stroke in 2014. She survived the last Cabinet reshuffle in which President Jacob Zuma dropped several Cabinet ministers, including Pravin Gordhan. Now Magwaza-Msibi says she will lead from the front in Nquthu, where 33 council seats are up for grabs and will be contested by a record 325 candidates and 14 parties. The NFP was disqualified from participating in the August 2016 local government elections, after failing to meet the deadline to pay the mandatory deposit to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). Magwaza-Msibi has been so ill that when she ventured out to a rally, her daughter would often read her speeches on her beh...

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