- Deputy President David Mabuza is said to be covering his own cost for his Russian trip to receive medical treatment
- The Democratic Alliance wants Mabuza's exact medical health conditions to be revealed to the public
- Mabuza has been criticised for seeking medical treatments in foreign countries outside of Africa like other African leaders before him
According to Deputy President David Mabuza's office, Mabuza covered his own travel expenses for his recent trip to Russia to receive medical treatment.
DA wants Mabuza's health condition to be shared publicly
The Democratic Alliance has stated that they would like the Surgeon-General to give the South African population information on Mabuza's health. The party argues that it is in the public's interest to know what Mabuza's health condition is.
While it is impermissible by law to share that information, the DA argues that South Africans need to know whether Mabuza is still fit to continue taking up office and fulfil his constitutional obligations.
Mabuza comes under fire for seeking medical help in Russia
In an interview with The Citizen, Professor Lesiba Teffo, a political analyst, believes Mabuza's decision to seek medical help in Russia is a clear representation of African politicians who seek medical help outside of the continent.
Teffo stated that African leaders do not invest in their country's infrastructure mainly because they know they have the means available to seek medical care outside the country, to the detriment of citizens.
“It’s historical [and] not peculiar to Mabuza. In fact, it’s almost synonymous with African leaders that when they have resources, they will take their children to school elsewhere,” said Teffo.
Deputy President David Mabuza returns to South Africa after undergoing medical treatment in Russia
Briefly News previously reported that Deputy President David Mabuza's office had verified he was still in Russia and that he would return once the medical team had cleared him, supposed to be on Wednesday.
Matshepo Seedat from the Office of the Deputy President confirmed that he was doing well after undergoing medical treatment in Russia.
“South Africans can rest assured that the deputy president is doing well and he will be back from leave once his medical team has cleared and released him,” said Matshepo Seedat in a quote by IOL.
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