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Former KZN premier Lionel Mtshali laid to rest

Lionel Mtshali, who was an IFP leader, died last week at the age of 80.

The logo of the Inkatha Freedom Party

JOHANNESBURG - A special provincial funeral is being held today for former KwaZulu-Natal premier Lionel Mtshali.

Mtshali, who was an IFP leader, died last week at the age of 80.

The Presidency has called for national flags in the province to be flown at half-mast today.

President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the family of Mtshali, who formerly served as KwaZulu-Natal premier and a minister in the Cabinet of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Mtshali was at the forefront of pushing for the rollout of anti-retroviral treatment in the province.

He was also behind a movement that approached the Constitutional Court, pushing government to actively prevent mother-to-child HIV transmissions.

The IFP says he will be remembered as a dedicated leader and a skilled administrator.