- President Ramaphosa has delayed his planned visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the advice of doctors
- Ramaphosa has been advised not to embark on long-distance travel until he has fully recovered from an upper respiratory infection
- The Presidency said Ramaphosa was receiving medical treatment and was making a steady recovery
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been forced to delay his planned visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the advice of his medical team. Ramaphosa’s doctors advised the president not to embark on long-distance travel until he had fully recovered from an upper respiratory tract infection.
The Presidency released a statement in which it said Ramaphosa was receiving all the necessary medical treatment and had been making a steady recovery. Ramaphosa was originally scheduled to fly to Kinshasa on Monday to meet with DRC president Joseph Kabila
The Presidency said representatives from the South African government had informed their counterparts in the DRC about the unfortunate turn of events and thanked the government of the DRC for its willingness to host the Bi-National Commission which was currently underway in Kinshasa.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa and Kabila were expected to ratify the agreements reached during the ongoing 11th session of the Bi-National Commission.
Eyewitness News reported that the South African and DRC governments were currently in the process of rescheduling the signing of the documents at a later date.
A delegation of ministers from both countries have been participating in the Bi-National Commission and were busy hammering out details ahead of both presidents taking part in the final part of the meeting.
International Cooperation and relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is leading the South African delegation in Kinshasa. The presidency has not released any details about what agreements had been reached between South Africa and the DRC.
It remains unclear whether Ramaphosa will be fit enough to travel to Cape Town to attend a scheduled oral questions session in Parliament. Ramaphosa is expected to face tough questions about the VBS banking scandal and reports claiming he had prior warning of the looting taking place at the bank.
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