Mpumalanga legislature postpones debate on Premier's health

2015-10-27 12:40
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. (Netwerk24)

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. (Netwerk24)

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Mbombela - The Mpumalanga provincial legislature has been accused of shielding Premier David Mabuza from embarrassment after a sitting scheduled to debate Mabuza's capacity to hold office was postponed indefinitely.

On Monday, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) told a News24 Correspondent that legislature members were sent a letter on October 23 alerting them that the sitting, which was scheduled for Thursday, had been postponed.

"This is purely a way to stop the debate. They know that Mabuza is very sick and can no longer hold his office as premier. That is why he has been absent from work for over 40 days now.

"The legislature is shielding him from the embarrassment they will face because they know the truth," said EFF leader in the legislature Collen Sedibe.

Sedibe said the EFF would consider court action should the matter not be put to debate after their motion was granted on October 12.

African Eye News Service has three letters, including one from legislature secretary Linda Mwale.

"Honourable members of the Mpumalanga legislature are hereby notified that the sitting which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 29 2015 is hereby postponed until further notice," read the letter from Mwale.

Mabuza was airlifted to hospital at the beginning of September after he was alleged to have collapsed. Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe was sworn in to act as premier from September 9.

On Monday, legislature spokesperson Zama Memela-Gamede confirmed that the sitting had been postponed.

"Yes I can confirm that the sitting has been postponed, but because you want reasons and other questions, I am going to meet with the secretary directly and ask him. He is [currently] in a meeting," said Memela-Gamede.

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