- Deputy President David Mabuza spoke about not being around during the pandemic last year
- Although the pandemic is ongoing, Mabuza stated that he stayed at home to avoid falling ill
- Mabuza said that his comorbidities would've made him more susceptible to contracting the virus
Deputy President David Mabuza says he stayed at home due to underlying illnesses at the height of the global pandemic last year. Mabuza was nowhere to be found when Covid-19 landed on SA shores creating quite the buzz online.
His name trended quite a few times on Twitter as officials such as Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation various times on the country's response to the virus.
Mabuza, on the other hand, stated that he kept to himself in order to avoid falling ill while also setting an example for the citizens of the country.
According to TimesLIVE, Mabuza mentioned that he may not have been alive today if he did not stay at home and avoid going out. Although Mabuza did not mention what underlying illnesses he has, he did reiterate the importance of those with comorbidities not 'gallivanting'.
News24 reported that Mabuza was answering oral questions at the National Assembly on Wednesday, 17 March. He also addressed the SIU inquiry into Dr Mkhize about a R82 million tender.
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Mabuza spoke about corruption and race. Mabuza said that anyone who had irregularly acted at Eskom should be expelled from the embattled power utility. Mabuza stated that there is a number of allegations of racism and corruption at the entity that are being investigated.
The Deputy President was answering various questions posed by the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, 11 March. The questions surrounded the vaccine rollout in the country and issues at Eskom.
Mabuza added that the allegations made at Eskom should not be racialised or politicised adding that corruption should "not be given a colour".
This follows a report that Eskom launched a probe into allegations of racism of the power utility's CEO Andre de Ruyter. De Ruyter has been accused of trying to get rid of black suppliers to introduce white suppliers.
Suspended Eskom Chief Procurement Officer Solly Tshitangano had made an array of allegations against De Ruyter.
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