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Zuma sympathises with Ambrosini’s family

President Jacob Zuma has expressed sadness after the passing of IFP MP Mario Ambrosini.

Late Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Member of Parliament (MP) Mario Oriani-Ambrosini. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has expressed sadness after the passing of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Member of Parliament (MP) Mario Ambrosini.

Ambrosini lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 53 yesterday at his home in Cape Town.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said, "The president has conveyed condolences to his family and the IFP."

The IFP MP has been hailed as someone who fought for what he believed in to the bitter end.

Born in Italy and trained as a constitutional lawyer in Rome and the US, Ambrosini became an MP in 2009, after first signing on with the party as an advisor in the early 1990s.

'AMBROSINI BRAVEST MAN EVER'

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says Ambrosini was the bravest man he'd ever met.

The IFP leader says the fallen MP dedicated his life to challenging conventional ways of thinking.

Buthelezi's relationship with Ambrosini spanned more than 20 years.

The late IFP MP fought and won a battle for MPs to introduce bills without the National Assembly's commission, a device used by the ANC, to block legislation from the opposition.

He introduced a bill legalisng the use of dagga for medical reasons after shunning conventional treatment for his cancer.

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