- David Mabuza, South Africa's deputy president, has been on sick leave since 25 October
- Mabuza is apparently in Russia for a check up relating to poisoning
- According to the DA, Mabuza has not fulfilled his parliamentary or government duties for most of the third term
For three weeks, David Mabuza, the deputy president, has not been in the presidency after reports surfaced that he's been on sick leave.
Earlier this week, report claimed the deputy president was in Russia for a medical check up. It's believed he's receiving medical attention relating to a poisoning.
Since Mabuza has been on sick leave, the de facto deputy president has been Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has stepped in to conduct his duties in his absence.
Dennis Bloem, the Congress of the People (Cope) spokesperson, said Dlamini-Zuma has been doing Mabuza’s duties since he's been off sick.
According to a report by The Citizen, Mabuza went for a routine medical check in Russia pertaining to earlier treatment there for poisoning.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za learned that Thami Ngwenya, Mabuza’s liaison, denied his visit to Russia was kept a secret and that it was being drawn out.
John Steenhuisen, a DA MP and the Democratic Alliance's chief whip, said for most of the third parliamentary term, Mabuza has not done his duties as an MP or as a government official.
In June, Briefly.co.za reported President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy had work related international trips.
Mabuza visited Russia to formally invite the Russian head of state to the Brics summit in SA in July, as well as to congratulate him on winning the national elections.
However, Ramaphosa returned to South Africa, but Mabuza not.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!