- Deputy President David Mabuza has emerged after a long battle with an unknown illness and says that he is grateful to have survived
- Mabuza revealed that his road to recovery was not easy and confirmed that he has been back at work for 10 days
- The deputy also signalled that he will be complying with internal investigations against him
Deputy President David Mabuza is well on his way to recovering from a month-long illness that has left him feeling grateful to have survived the ordeal.
After being back at work for 10 days, Mabuza says that he is ready to return to the ANC's Integrity Commission to clear his name but the politician made it clear a call to step aside would not be resisted.
Mabuza joined ANC officials during a press briefing held on Monday to announce the outcomes of the National Executive Committee meetings, which took place over the weekend.
Commenting after concerns were raised about his health and two Parliamentary appearances were cancelled, Mabuza said that:
"My health situation is improving. I am grateful I survived. Some of our people were already circulating information that I am dead. Well, I am still alive. It was a very difficult situation getting ill. It's not an easy situation."
In response to claims that he was not meant to be sworn in as deputy, Mabuza signalled that he is willing to cooperate with investigations into his conduct.
The deputy continued by saying there had been no mention to him of the investigation taking a turn for the worst:
"According to them, I was not supposed to be called, I was supposed to present myself. I left. I went back to the officials. The Integrity Commission wrote their own report. In that regard, I was allowed to go back to Parliament. I never insisted to go back."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC NEC had come to the agreement that party members facing formal charges relating to corruption would be required to step aside.
Ramaphosa commented that this had formed part of the ANC's efforts to clamp down on illicit activity within the ruling party, saying that:
"Cadres of the ANC who are reported to be involved in corrupt and other serious criminal practices must go to the Integrity Commission to explain themselves. Those who do not give an acceptable explanation may be suspended."
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