- Deputy President David Mabuza is sick and has cancelled a Parliamentary session as a result of this illness
- Mabuza will no longer be answering questions in Parliament on Thursday due to this unnamed illness
- This comes after Minister Thulas Nxesi and Minister Gwede Mantashe were admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19
Deputy President David Mabuza is suffering from 'ill health' and has cancelled a question session in Parliament as a result.
While Mabuza's exact ailment has not been disclosed, Thandi Modise and Amos Masondo has confirmed his absence in a statement issued by both officers:
"The Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Thandi Modise and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Mr Amos Masondo have received an apology from Deputy President Mr David Mabuza, that he is unable to honour scheduled appearances in both Houses due to ill health."
The Deputy President had been due to address the National Council of Provinces on Thursday and the National Assembly a week later but the statement revealed both appearances have been cancelled:
"The Deputy President has undertaken to avail himself to appear before both Houses, on a mutually agreed date, upon his full recovery."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that Minister Gwede Mantashe and Minister Thulas Nxesi had been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19. In a statement issued to clarify the situation, the presidency noted that Nxesi's condition had warranted a hospital stay:
"The Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thembelani ‘Thulas’ Nxesi (MP), was admitted to hospital last night due to Covid-19. The minister tested positive for the coronavirus almost a week ago and has, until last night, been in self-quarantine at home."
Nxesi will now be closely monitored at the advice of his medical doctors, continued that statement:
"His admission to hospital comes on the advice of his medical doctors in order for him to have access to better medical attention and proper monitoring."
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