The former KwaDukuza mayor and ANC KwaZulu-Natal leader Ricardo Mthembu has died following complications from Covid-19 on Wednesday.
According to ANC insiders, he was admitted to hospital and was in an intensive care unit for a few days.
Following the May 8 elections, Mthembu left his role as mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality, a position he had occupied for eight years, and was deployed to serve as a member of the provincial legislature.
He was a member of the provincial executive council of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and was later appointed party spokesperson for the province.
The party is expected to release a statement later on Wednesday.