- The premier fell shortly after beginning his address
- This follows months of medical problems for Mchunu
- However, after a brief trip to hospital, Mchunu later returned to the venue, saying he was fine
KwaZulu-Natal premier, Willies Mchunu, has returned to the venue after fainting during his State of the Province Address.
Mchunu collapsed soon after he began speaking.
He was taken to hospital after paramedics arrived at the scene.
While delivering his address, Mchunu paused and asked colleague Sihle Zikalala to continue his speech for him.
This comes after months of health problems for Mchunu. However, the provincial government has said that doctors are monitoring his condition and that the public will be updated if his situation changes.
In the mean time, Zikalala has occasionally stepped in to fill Mchunu's duties, particularly at public events.
However, Mchunu is reportedly in a much better conditon and left the hospital after a short visit.
The premier returned to the venue of the address, where he is expected to finish his speech. He was reportedly friendly and amiable on returning and appeared to have improved dramatically.
He claimed he had blacked out for a few minutes, but is fine now.
Nevertheless, Mchunu has since said that he will be retiring from government after the upcoming elections. Mchunu added that he will continue to assist the ANC and SACP in a reduced capacity.
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