thenjiwe lesabi.jpgLiberation war fighter and former Cabinet Minister, Cde Thenjiwe Lesabe has died.

Cde Lesabe died at the United Bulawayo Hospital yesterday after succumbing to cancer at the age of 79.

She was also diabetic and asthmatic.

In an interview with ZBC-News, family spokesperson, Ndaba Khumalo said the death of Cde Lesabe is a major blow to the family as she was a unifying force as well as a loving person.

Cde Lesabe was born in january 1932 in Hopefountain.

After completing her education, she trained as a teacher before becoming a journalist with the Bantu Mirror.

She joined politics in the 1950s after having been inspired by her father Zenzo Khumalo, a pioneer of African activism.

She was one of the women who led the democratic party, ZAPU and the People’s Caretaker Council.

At Independence, she became a member of parliament in Bulawayo and member of PF-ZAPU national executive.

She was a former secretary of the ZANU-PF Women’s League and former Minister of National Affairs and Employment Creation.

She held several government posts until she joined ZAPU in 2009 where she was the chairperson of the council of elders.

She is survived by 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Mourners are gathered at Tanchu Lodge in Gumtree, Bulawayo.