South Coast ANC stalwart dies after long illness



The African National Congress, Lower South Coast Region mourns the loss of one of its great stalwarts who passed away on 7 September 2014. The late Cyril Shezi (52) died after battling illness associated with diabetes for several months.

He was born 17 December 1962 in Nyandezulu (Port Shepstone) and raised by his late mother Ntombini Sylvester Shezi, he attended  Nsingizi Primary, then Ingwemabala Comprehensive High School after which he proceeded to do his Diploma at Damelin where he obtained Diploma in public management. He leaves behind his  wife Catherin 5 daughters, three sons and 4 grandchildren.

Cyril was a brave and disciplined soldier of the struggle for peace and democracy. As a young man, he was instrumental in galvanizing the youth, educating and leading them in their fight for freedom and democracy in the region. In the 80s he was active in the trade union movement joining as a shop steward and later rising through the ranks serving in various structures .  At the height of the political violence, he joined the military wing of the ANC, Mkhonto we Sizwe where he served diligently in his efforts to bring peace to the region. He will be remembered for his strong leadership qualities and negotiation skills . He always put the needs of the community first and this is revealed  when he was asked as a local leader to negotiate peace with the very people who massacred his family.  He joined the civil service  where he served faithfully for many years and at the time of his death was the chairperson of the Lower South Coast region of Mkhonto we Sizwe Millitary veterans Association(MKMVA).


A memorial Service will be held at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre on Thursday 11 September 2014 at 3pm.


The funeral service will be held on Sunday 14 September 2014 at the Bhuqu Sports Field Nyandezulu.


High profile political and government dignitaries are expected to attend.







For More information:


Selvan Chetty  0835561726

Sipho Dlamala 0727931314


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  1. Neliswa Nkonyeni on

    Comrade Cyril Shezi was a leader of note.He contributed immensely towards the liberation of our country.He never fought for ascendency to better opportunities in Government.He remained humble and served his country even after losing his parents who were brutally murdered because of his activism in the African National Congress.
    He will be sadly missed by all of us who worked with this gallant fighter.
    The Lower South Coast Regional leadership should consider organizing annual memorial lecture session s in honour of Cde Cyril so that posterity would be exposed to the liberation history of our country.
    Long live the undying spirit of Cde DLABA Long Live !!!

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