Fatigue: Shenge in hospital

2011-09-10 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi (83) has been admitted to Empangeni Garden Clinic for fatigue.

His spokesperson, Liezl van der Merwe, said Buthelezi went to the doctors for a routine check-up, but they were concerned about his health and decided to hospitalise him.

“Doctors have expressed concern that Prince Buthelezi is suffering from fatigue and have admitted him to Empangeni Garden Clinic in order to obtain the rest he needs. He is expected to be discharged within a week.

“It is well known that for more than a decade in public life he has never taken holidays and works at a pace that few can keep up with,” said Van der Merwe in a statement.

Buthelezi’s hospitalisation comes on the eve of the party’s elective conference next month. The conference was delayed in 2009 due to internal ructions among party leaders.

Buthelezi has not yet decided, and had said so publicly, whether he will accept the IFP national council’s request for him to continue leading the party.

Van der Merwe would not say whether the IFP’s dwindling support base has anything to do with Buthelezi’s health.

She said his diabetic status, which he had for decades, has always been well managed.

IFP national spokesperson the Reverend Musa Zondi said the party wishes its leader a speedy recovery.

He said the party leadership felt guilty about Buthelezi’s hospitalisation because he has been overworking himself since the inception of the party.

Zondi would not comment on the proposal to elect a deputy president for the party.

“Age has got nothing to do with his admission to hospital. The doctors assured us that this is nothing to worry about. I have suffered severe fatigue myself at my age, which is not even half of Prince Buthelezi’s,” said Zondi.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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