From Surviving Poisonings and Accidents, 3 Times Deputy President David Mabuza Survived Deadly Situations

From Surviving Poisonings and Accidents, 3 Times Deputy President David Mabuza Survived Deadly Situations

  • Deputy President David Mabuza has reminded South Africans why his nicknamed "The Cat"
  • Mabuza is popularly known for surviving a handful of deadly situations, including a poisoning
  • The deputy president has earned Mzansi's respect, who were impressed that he escaped two accidents this year

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JOHANNESBURG - There is a good reason Deputy President David Mabuza has earned himself the nickname "The Cat".

Deputy President David Mabuza has survived a few deadly situations
David Mabuza has earned a few praises on social media after escaping another deadly incident. Images: GCIS/Flickr
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Mabuza, who is known for surviving horrible accidents, poisonings and alleged assassination attacks, recently reminded South Africans why he is nicknamed after an animal with nine lives.

Over the weekend, Mabuza's motorcade was involved in a fatal car crash that left Warrant Officer Thomas Shongwe dead and two police officers injured. According to TimesLIVE, the car crash occurred due to a busted tire.

Mabuza travelled from the Gauteng province to Mpumalanga on Sunday, 20 November, to catch a flight to Russia, according to News24. The deputy president managed to make his way to Russia because he escaped the horrific accident unharmed.

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But Mabuza has a long-standing record of escaping death. It has been alleged that in 2015, the deputy president was poisoned after letting his guard down at his birthday party in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.

At the time of the poisoning, Mabuza was the premier of Mpumalanga and explained in an interview that he started feeling sick in August 2015.

Mabuza went to the state hospital in Moscow, Russia, to receive medical attention. It has been reported that he left in a private jet owned by the Gupta family with Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, reported SowetanLIVE.

In 2021, Mabuza took medical leave and returned to Russia for further medical attention for the same poisoning incident.

Mabuza's motorcade was involved in a car crash in July this year. Fortunately, he was not in the vehicle, and no one was killed. Mabuza's motorcade was involved in a collision on the N1 in Midrand, Johannesburg.

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His protection officers sustained minor injuries.

Here's what South Africans have to say about Mabuza's survival:

@mmdurite said:

"Your questions should be, "who" is trying to kill the deputy President and why."

@EdgarLegoale said:

"Our Progressive Deputy President, Honorable David Mabuza . The Cat with 10 Lives‍⬛ Always 10 Steps ahead ✊#DavidMabuza"

@Truthte83602973 said:

"Deputy President David Mabuza, aka The Cat, has survived a second accident in less than 4 months. They really wanna take him out, they just don’t know that the Cat has nine lives."

David Mabuza accident: Mzansi concerned following crash, says “They want to eliminate him”

Briefly News previously reported that the crash involving Deputy President David Mabuza’s motorcade while enroute to the airport to catch a flight to Russia has left many speculating.

Mabuza and two of his protectors were on their way to OR Tambo International Airport when the vehicle tyre burst, causing the car to crash. The accident left a warrant officer dead.

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Many are concerned by the accident as it was the second for the year involving Mabuza’s official motorcade. According to News24, the deputy president was not in the car when an accident occurred in July in Midrand.

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Lebogang Mashego (Current Affairs HOD) Lebogang Mashego runs the Current Affairs desk. She joined the Briefly News team in 2021. She has 6 years of experience in the journalism field. Her journalism career started while studying at Rhodes University, where she worked for the Oppidan Press for 3 years. She worked as a lifestyle writer and editor at W24 and Opera News. She graduated with a BA degree majoring in Journalism and Media Studies in 2017. She's a recipient of the INMA Elevate Scholarship. Email:

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