'Exhausted' Mbalula recuperating

2011-05-26 10:33

Johannesburg - Sports and Recreation Minister and ANC head of organising and campaigns Fikile Mbalula was monitored overnight in hospital after he collapsed during a Cabinet meeting, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

His programme would be eased up for a while to allow him time to rest, said ministerial spokesperson Pana Galane.

Galane said Mbalula updated his Facebook status on Wednesday night to explain that the problem was exhaustion.

The 40-year-old former ANC Youth League president and deputy police minister succumbed to "flu-like" symptoms, according to a government statement issued after his collapse on Wednesday.

Medical care was administered and he was admitted overnight for observation.


Part of his job in the ANC was to help run the party's campaign for last week's local government elections.

He was also involved in a vehicle accident earlier in May.

"He never rested after the elections," said Galane.

"We have been advised to give him some time to relax and not to overcrowd him with work."

He was scheduled to go in to the office on Thursday, but efforts would be made to "relax his programme".

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said he spoke to Mbalula's doctor on Thursday morning and that all tests run on him had come back negative.

  • Thor - 2011-05-26 10:39

    Fighting to take away the springbok and screw over whites are hard work.

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:26

      and you get your info from?

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:35 this your one thought for the week,which we going to see on every responce

      Thor - 2011-05-26 11:49

      Oh ok... you saying its not hard work... then it must be all the "ama streetwise feast" catching up to him.

      Eric West - 2011-05-26 11:54

      Maybe the "White Madam" could give him some tips on fitness and stamina?

      Johan - 2011-05-26 12:31

      Jowza, yes! So get used to it or stop reading my comments on news 24. You are more than welcome to leave this site. ps the word you are looking for is "response" not "responce".

      MK007 - 2011-05-26 14:44

      why does it always end up being a racial thing?? this seriously needs to stop. Fikile in my opinion is one of the better ministers

      Worldwise - 2011-05-26 15:16

      One of the better ministers? Ha ha! When deputy minister of police he was embarrassed because he couldn't answer questions he should have known the answers to in parliament and they told him so. A flunky had to answer for him, and knew the answers. Big differenc between being a rabble rousing revolutionary and a government minister where they expect you to know the answers. Methinks he collapsed due to post election exhaustive partying?

  • Edgar Boehm - 2011-05-26 10:41

    How can you reduce any of the cabinet's workload? Give them nothing to do at all?

      Nebkad - 2011-05-26 11:40

      @Edgar Boehm - By doing less work than you normal would?!?

      james strawson - 2011-05-26 11:51

      They also require more "nap times" during cabinet meetings

  • biskit - 2011-05-26 10:41

    Replace this guy - he is a sport minister suppossed to be healthy

      Creeky - 2011-05-26 11:38

      Hell, the SHITHEAD did a couple of Days work, and is now EXHAUSTED!!! Shame! This month he EARNED his SALARY!! Always a 1st!

  • tdk25 - 2011-05-26 10:44

    Exhaustion from what? working hard? The state of our sport certainly suggests he is not working hard.... He should just stop eating too much...

      Ladien - 2011-05-26 11:04


      Wizard101 - 2011-05-26 11:04

      No more KFC and Spur burgers - 2011-05-26 12:50

      @Ladien - HUH??????

      Worldwise - 2011-05-26 15:17

      Wow, it only took him 3 months to save SA cricket. From what?

  • Dave - 2011-05-26 10:47

    you handle the heat stay out the kitchen should've stayed with the youth league, life is a breez....

      DW - 2011-05-26 11:09

      They woulnt let him stay with the Youth League. He had to go as he was too old. Seems like you are only no longer youth when you are about 38 years old - still years to go for Malema

  • clark - 2011-05-26 10:48

    - Hmmm - Overworked Anc minister - about the best example of an oxymoron i have ever come across.

  • burtfred - 2011-05-26 10:49

    He's run out of bluster so he's feeling deflated.

  • croix - 2011-05-26 10:49

    Too much 'recreation' with his friend Johnny Blue?

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-26 13:13

      My thoughts exactly - "flu-like symptoms" - wingerdgriep?

  • Santapola - 2011-05-26 10:51

    Speed recovery comrade mbalula...we still want u more in the structure of the ANC

      burtfred - 2011-05-26 10:54

      Why do you have go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like "comrade"

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-26 11:05

      Santapola why are you even on this blog????

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:25

      why this blog for whites only

      Kenno - 2011-05-26 11:42

      @jowza. Why are you a racist??? Who said anything about this being for whites only. YOU ARE AN IDIOT !!!!!!

  • Guy - 2011-05-26 10:53

    Blowout. It is a kind of fast puncture.Steve Tswete also had one, remember?

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:25


      Creeky - 2011-05-26 11:40

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! Would hate to see a "SLOW PUNCHER".... HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Surely you meant PUNCTURE? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!

      Willem - 2011-05-26 12:38

      Yes....and he also had aids....

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-26 10:54

    I am available to help in his absence and to be his PA on long-term basis. Seems to me the Minister has too much on his plate. Campaigning, Looking after Sports and Recreation. Accompany Malema to go apologize for his troubles with the powers that be. Mbalula, I am here brother. I also love the ANC just like you do. Delegate! Delegate! I suspect the next one to collapse is going to be Jackson Mthembu. You guys have too much on your plate. For God's sakes there are 30 million adults South Africans- learn to delegate. I now open the gate for brainless thugs to insult me!

      Felix - 2011-05-26 10:58

      I would prefer you in some of these idiots positions. I enjoy most of your posts. I had to laugh at the 'too much on your plate.' You didn't excuse the pun :)

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-26 11:18

      Shame for them. They are not able to keep up with the madam.

      Thor - 2011-05-26 11:24

      HAHA Yes they all have to much on their plates at all the events they go to at tax payers expence. In all seriousness I could agree if I saw some results from the guys but alas none. As for delegation that will imply they have to share all the benefits dont think they will go for that. Oh yes almost forgot.... Love the ANC .... HAHAHAHAHA sorry to hear. Maybe one day your eyes will open and you will see. These guys do not care for anyone but themselves.

      Creeky - 2011-05-26 11:43

      Only thing "SNOT-KOP" (Mabulula) has on his plate is a GENEROUS HELPING OF KFC! Max du Preez gave him the nic of SNOT-KOP when he was still in the YL... Fitting tho! - 2011-05-26 12:55

      Thanks for clearing that up Zakhele. He is clearly nort able to cope with being the Sports Minister, campaign and hold Julias' hand. I think he should resign.

      African'shtr - 2011-05-26 14:32

      Zakhele uyandihlekisa

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-26 10:55

    He should try playing on the field. I wonder how long he would last.

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-26 11:08

      He will get somebody els to be on the playing field.

  • FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-26 10:59

    Have some more KFC retard.

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:23

      why does that work for you?

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-26 11:41

      @ Jowsa If I wanted a ass like a bull dozer it will yes. Just look at the metro cops who are subsidized by KFC

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-26 11:00

    "He never rested after the elections" Shame. Poor dear. I have my own business and haven't had a days leave for the last 6 years. Reduce his workload, good idea. What does he actually do again? other than scoff all the pies and overload his heart? Oh sorry... it was a flu attack, my mistake.

  • george - 2011-05-26 11:01

    and this is the guy that wants to be the General Secretary of the ANC. Zuma and Mantashe's muti is working. He need to stop drinking whiskeys. he need to train hard and be fit. otherwise he cannot compete with old horses such Mantashe,Zuma and Vavi. Mbalula has the right attitude, he just need to look after his fitness.

      Wizard101 - 2011-05-26 11:10

      There is a new donkey also in the race babalema

  • GinSA1 - 2011-05-26 11:02

    Our sincere best wishes are NOT with you..............

  • PikeLee - 2011-05-26 11:03

    One to many parties...

  • Psalm - 2011-05-26 11:09

    Dear Minister Mbalula I wish you a speedy recovery. There is some irony in a Minister of RECREATION collapsing from exhaustion... I note that you're exhausted from investing incredible time and energy in the ANC election campaign. Fine. But I do wish that you and all Ministers would show the same amount of zeal and dedication in serving SA, as opposed to reserving them for the ANC. If the Ministers of Education, Health, Human Settlement, Water Affairs, Energy, Police, Transport, Labour, Rural Development, Trade, Justice, Home Affairs, Public Enterprises and Public Works all collapsed of exhaustion from doing their work and doing it well, I would be moved with national pride. I would happily call on the government to put them and their families up in 5 star hotels for a week or two as a thank you. But, alas, such dedication and zeal are reserved for ANC campaigning. As the Ministers are happily withholding their zeal and dedication from their work and from those they allegedly serve, I will happily withhold my sense of national pride. Yours most sincerely, A South Africa Taxpayer (a.k.a. The Person Paying Your Salary)

      Zakhele - 2011-05-26 11:20

      Psalm- You forgot the Minister of 'School Children Get Pregnant'- Child Grants = 'Social Development (= Socialism State= Cuba). In KZN alone 17000 of schoold children got pregnant- thus inceasing the KZN province child grant by plus R50 Million per year. There is more getting pregnant this year- thus another R60 million more to be budgeted for. The merry go round just go and on......It's FREE COUNTRY remember!

  • Justin - 2011-05-26 11:15

    Ag shame, just goes to show what a bit of work can do to a minister, what a joke! shed 30 kgs, stay away from KFC get a bit fit and he'll be ok, i still remember the very same Mbalula telling the cops to loose weight and get fit, he should have taken his own advise. Ha Ha

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:38

      and how do you know that he collapsed from being overweight

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-05-26 11:16

    partying on taxpayer money again it seems. have a nice babbelas day.

      Pleurotus - 2011-05-26 11:45

      The minister of sport is very good at downing cough medicine. Yup, that's it... That's all he good at!

      clark - 2011-05-26 15:35

      - No doubt he's also in a private ward , in a private hospital on tax payers money - sneaking the booze in like our Health minister did.

  • Klip - 2011-05-26 11:23

    "Flu-like" haha. Less lines perhaps.

  • FRpower - 2011-05-26 11:24

    He's exhausted hahahahahaha.Im thinking him and Malema are secretly in love and play together all night long. Big Bumchums these two.

      jowza - 2011-05-26 11:41

      i presume you are a closet gay

      FRpower - 2011-05-26 13:03

      @jowza you must be be Floyd's bumchum.

  • misspower - 2011-05-26 11:30

    The poor guy is in hospital and all u racist bastards can think of is to beat the man while hes down..then u wonder y we will never hand over the power back to u white racist idiots! Speedy recovery Mbalula...

      Kenno - 2011-05-26 11:47

      Hey Racist! If you could read, you will see that he is back at work (!) today. Save your racism for someone else, you half baked fool!

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-26 11:51

      If someone can tell us what he has actually done to cause this exhaustion, we might understand. We didn't read in the news about anything spectacular that he has done for us. So we assume he was just partying too hard.

      BoneCollectR - 2011-05-26 12:13

      Seconded. This is really sad. The DA (yes, the white party) cannot expect to get sufficient black votes, thanks to all you blatant racist bloggers. Black do have emotions too, in case you did not know. Even the ridiculous bloggers such as Poloyatonki, ANCangel, and others care to sympathize with whites when they are in ill-health (Joost articles ring a bell?), although they have made it clear they are anti-white. Forget politics and think about the individual. And you blame blacks for their fear of white (yes you got that right, DA) rule when all is clear what that will translate into?

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-26 12:22

      BoneCollectR - of course they have emotion - it's called grave excitement - every time they acquire something by NOT working, NOT earning, just stealing from everybody else. That's about as far as the majority's emotions go.......

      clark - 2011-05-26 12:36

      - @ bonecollect - You pathetic idiot - Mbulala is one of the " shoot the whites" campaigners and we must feel sorry for him cause he's exhausted - GTFOH you retard.

      GT - 2011-05-26 13:27

      This white guy agrees with you. Although you would be wise not to ignore the lifestyle that causes these things.

      Ntfutfuko - 2011-05-26 13:51

      @Maseratifitt maybe you spectacles rather than something spectacular, the article explicitly says “ANC head of organising and campaigns” and that “Part of his job in the ANC was to help run the party's campaign for last week's local government elections”.

      Ntfutfuko - 2011-05-26 13:54

      ...Maybe you need...

      abrham - 2011-05-26 15:06

      racism is taught - where all you mf*ckers went to school i do not know but it is infantile to carry on and on about black and white. most of life is neither colour.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 11:36

    Get well soon comrade Mbalula.

      burtfred - 2011-05-26 11:47

      @GTA It is not acceptable to wish anyone to die, even if he is useless rubbish.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-26 12:22

      It is GTA's right to wish anything on anybody, including death. Democracy remember?

      burtfred - 2011-05-26 12:29

      @ GinSA1 It is not in the democracy handbook, poephol.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-26 12:37

      Back where you fell out of burtfred, back into the poephol

      clark - 2011-05-26 12:54

      - @ burtfred - Neither is ' shoot the boer ' in the handbook. Hypocrite.

      FRpower - 2011-05-26 13:07

      Comrade.....what is this drivel this is not the USSR anymore.

      Worldwise - 2011-05-26 15:22

      You a soldier thobsion.ANC? That is what a comrade is, a soldiers colleague. Look it up in the dictionary, the official English one, not the ANC or Soviet one.

  • Shrek - 2011-05-26 11:42

    It is definitly the result of apartheid

  • jannie.debeer - 2011-05-26 12:05

    It is not fair to have a man in the prime of his life overburdened. If the job is too big, give it to someone that has the stamina for it.

  • santoro29 - 2011-05-26 12:06

    BWHA HA HA HA HA FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS !!!! Is that the new name for HIV ?

  • Leigh Robinson - 2011-05-26 12:09

    Its amazing we have an overweight, unfit Minister of Sports, we have had a Minister of Health who died of not taking care of her health, a Minister of Intelligence who didnt know his wife smuggled drugs...

      Worldwise - 2011-05-26 15:23

      And a commisioner of police that was a crook.

  • Papsak - 2011-05-26 12:13

    I will not comment before I know what was/is wrong with him. Reason before hatred.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-26 12:23

      Then delete your comment, or drink another papsak, and go and sleep!

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 12:19

    @GTA Lad... No matter how much you hate a person boy, you don't wish the person to die. By virtue of wishing that person to die means that given the chance and the write tools you can do it yourself. I curse that thought boy, I'm sure your mother will disappointed son if she can read the stupid line you've just wrote.

      Willem - 2011-05-26 12:49

      thobsion.ANC: I think your mother did disappoint when she didn't kill you at birth....

      Leigh Robinson - 2011-05-26 13:40

      @ Willem - Dude, that is so wrong on so many levels...

      GTA_Lad - 2011-05-26 13:44

      @thobsion Tsek seun! Who u calling boy?

      thobsion.ANC - 2011-05-26 13:45

      Willem, ....I'm trying to discipline a child because I see them parents don't. They spend most of their time with stories like how bad a black person is. Teach your children positive staff stupid Willem. Willem, what the kak name is that anyway.

      gizzy - 2011-05-26 14:52

      Willem, what scummy comment is that? I agree with thobsion that you shouldn't wish anybody dead no matter what. Anyhow that is just the way I feel.

      abrham - 2011-05-26 15:02

      willem jy is 'n poepol

  • Ingie - 2011-05-26 12:20

    Shame who cares i dont!!!Maybe they should not scream/shout and dance too much

  • DeonL - 2011-05-26 12:20

    It does not sound right, "all tests came back negative" - Is he dead?

  • Swartvel - 2011-05-26 12:30

    This Mabula person is useless, let him die...bastard!!!

      gizzy - 2011-05-26 14:54

      And will it make you a better person when he dies? I somehow don't think so!

  • saxor - 2011-05-26 12:39

    the guy is tired he needs a beer SABMILLER please help him

  • Marshall - 2011-05-26 12:47


  • Oppressor - 2011-05-26 12:47

    AIDS is a hell of a disease.

  • gobbler - 2011-05-26 12:56

    too much work from the cricket,anc campaign's definately he must rest b4 h strts for the no 1 sport in sa RUGBy. and for medication he must drink alot of beer

  • Marcell - 2011-05-26 13:23

    Flue-like slow puncture? Don't they relax enough in parlament?

  • Gnefdt - 2011-05-26 13:27

    I wonder if he went to a government hospital and received the same "care" others have to endure? I bet not!

  • Black_Jesus - 2011-05-26 13:31

    @ thobsion.ANC: Please don’t entertain these morons: Willem, GinSA1,Clark,GTA e.t.c Mr Fikile Mbalula and Mr Joost Van der westhuizen wish you guys a speedy recovery

  • Kaballas - 2011-05-26 14:05

    40 jaar oud en hy ly aan uitputting - is hulle seker dit is nie nie maermaaksiekte nie?

  • African'shtr - 2011-05-26 14:27

    he should have died so to decrease the number of people who are costing us for doing nothing. I know its too much thinking planning on how to misuse government's money

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-26 14:34

    You need a rest Chief. Speedy recovery

  • abrham - 2011-05-26 15:00

    babelaas!!! johnny walker blue label takes no prisoners ...

  • Frangipani - 2011-05-26 15:54

    You are all so cruel, why cant you give the guy a break? he collapsed for god sake, exhaustion seems to be very good explanation to me!!!

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