MF party leader Amichand Rajbansi speaks to his voters.

Minority Front Leader Amichand Rajbansi’s funeral is to be held on Saturday, his family has said.

Rajbansi died just after 10am on Thursday morning at Umhlanga hospital just a few weeks before celebrating his 70th birthday on January 14.

Family spokesman and MF councillor Patrick Pillay said on Thursday that the funeral would be held at the Chatsworth Stadium from 11.30am to 4pm.

Tributes started pouring in from political friends and foes alike while the news of his death also set the social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, abuzz.

Premier Zweli Mkhize described Rajbansi as a community activist, a seasoned politician and a fearless debater.

“His debating skills made many of our leaders in government and civil society remain vigilant and not forget that they carry the hopes and aspirations of the people of this beautiful country,” he said.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said Rajbansi was a political giant with a commendable passion for politics and the people of South Africa.

“His deep commitment to deepening and consolidating our democracy cannot be questioned. He was a man with firm beliefs, who was never afraid to take a stand.

“Mr Rajbansi and I developed a strong working relationship during the height of apartheid as members of the Black Alliance. He would always disagree, without being disagreeable. Like many politicians, he was both revered and reviled”.

IFP MPL Blessed Gwala who served with Rajbansi in the provincial executive (cabinet) said he had great leadership skills and was a politician who served with dedication and passion.