Tributes began pouring in following news of the passing of former Winelands District Municipality mayor and controversial politician Badih Chabaan. Picture: Henk Kruger

Cape Town - Tributes on Tuesday began pouring in following news of the passing of former Winelands District Municipality mayor and controversial politician Badih Chabaan.

Chabaan reportedly passed away on Monday evening after battling cancer. 

Chabaan's daughter, Lee, led tributes following the news of his death, posting a heartfelt message on Facebook. 

She expressed heartbreak at his death and remembered him as not just her father, but also her "very best friend".

"Forever in my heart and mind-You are going to be SORELY missed till the end of time. You taught me what bravery is every single day and inspired me to live life to its very fullest which you definitely did.

"You taught me grace and inspired me whilst you fought the biggest battle and I will take that with me forever- you begged with me to celebrate your life and not mourn too long when you gone - not a day will go by without me thinking of you."

"I hope that you're dancing with the angels up in the sky and watching me from above."

Chabaan, a former African Muslim Party member and leader of the National People's Party (NPP), was a controversial figure in Western Cape politics. 

He was at the centre of controversy before the floor- crossing period in 2007 when he was accused of plotting to unseat then Cape Town mayor Helen Zille by offering bribes to councillors.

He then announced in 2015 that he was hanging up his political gloves, handing over the reins to Lee. 

“I’m stepping down as the president of the NPP and my pretty alter ego daughter Lee Chaaban will take over from me as the president of the NPP,” he said at the time.