Nov 29, 2021

Guess Who’s Back? Deputy President To Return To SA From Russia

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The deputy president had been in Russia receiving medical treatment since June.

FILE PHOTO: South Africa's deputy president, Mr David Mabuza, he rarely goes to public and since he was elected has been playing a low profile. PICTURE: GCIS

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PRETORIA: South Africa’s deputy president Mr David Mabuza will return to South Africa on Wednesday.

According to Eyewitness News has reported that his office confirmed that he was doing well and was due back home then.

The deputy president had been in Russia receiving medical treatment since June. While he was away, the country was plunged into chaos since the advent of democracy, after widespread protests and looting after the jailing of the former president, Mr Jacob Zuma.

Mr Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in direct imprisonment after he failed to show up at the Zondo Commission and resulting in contempt of court.

On 26 June, the Presidency said in a statement that Mr Mabuza had requested from President Cyril Ramaphosa to take a few days of leave to travel to Russia for a scheduled medical consultation.

This was for a follow-up to his previous medical consultations in Russia, after he was allegedly poisoned during his tenure as the premier of Mpumalanga.

The media liaison in the office of the deputy president, Matshepo Seedat, said at the time that the leave would be for a week or two, depending on the advice of the medical team, starting on Monday 28 June.

“The deputy president had previously taken a similar leave in October of 2018,” Seedat said.

Mr Mabuza who’s trip was initially said to be for a few days, however, he has stayed for longer than anticipated in Russia. His return comes after growing calls for Mr Ramaphosa to reshuffle Cabinet.

His office said he was in good spirits and was already planning some of his engagements ahead of next week.

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