Deputy minister MIA, but will return soon

2015-06-08 19:59
Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (The Witness)

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (The Witness)

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Durban - Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi will return to work, but exactly when is not clear.

KaMagwaza’s spokesperson, Canaan Mdletshe, was adamant that she would be returning, but could not commit to a date.

“The indications are that it will be soon. But I cannot say when. This is up to her doctors,” he said on Monday.

KaMagwaza-Msibi took ill on November 16 last year and has not been seen in public since.

Neither her family nor the department have said what her illness was, but some media reports indicated that she had suffered a stroke.

Last year, Mdletshe said that her illness was stress-related.

The Newcastle Advertiser reported last year that she was admitted to Mediclinic Newcastle's intensive care unit on November 16, before being transferred to the eThekwini Hospital's intensive care unit.

The Witness newspaper reported at the time that she had suffered a stroke, but this has never been officially confirmed.

On Monday, Mdletshe again refused to be drawn on the nature of her illness.

“That is between a doctor and a patient,” he said.

Pressed on whether she was talking and walking, Mdletshe said that he had seen her and that she was talking.

“I saw her this week,” he said.

But while Mdletshe was upbeat about her return, it appears that Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor last spoke to her deputy at the beginning of the year.

Pandor’s spokesperson, Lunga Ngqengelele, said the he could not recall the exact date, but believed that Pandor spoke to KaMagwaza-Msibi at the beginning of the year.

Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa, the national secretary of the National Freedom Party of which KaMagwaza-Msibi is president, would also not be drawn on when she would return to work.

“What we know is that it will be soon. We are waiting for the doctor’s approval. I don’t know for sure, but the doctors indicated that it could not be more than two months,” he said.

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