Tributes pour in for Mario Ambrosini

The IFP MP lost his battle with lung cancer in the early hours of this morning at his home in Cape Town.

The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have commended Ambrosini for the dedication and passion he showed. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Tributes are pouring in for the late Dr Mario Ambrosini.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP lost his battle with lung cancer in the early hours of this morning at his home in Cape Town.

The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have commended Ambrosini for the dedication and passion he showed as an MP.

Ambrosini entered South African politics in 1990 when he became legal advisor to the Inkatha Freedom Part y during the Codesa talks that paved the country's way to democracy.

Born in Italy in 1960, he was a constitutional lawyer of ferocious intellect. Educated in Rome, Harvard and Georgetown universities in the United States.

He became an IFP MP in 2009 taking up the cudgels in the fight for gay rights, immigration and freedom of expression.

Diagnosed with end stage lung cancer in April last year, he made every effort to meet his parliamentary commitments, campaigning for the medical use of marijuana to be decriminalised.

President Jacob Zuma has also extended his condolences.

Zuma says he's speaking on behalf of the government and all South Africans in extending sympathy on the passing of Ambrosini.

The feisty politician who his family describe as a warrior for the common good, went to the Constitutional Court for the right of MPs to have their bills considered, and won.

He then introduced a bill in favour of the use of medical marijuana, arguing in favour of a broader approach to cancer treatment.