Mpumalanga premier is not dead - official

2015-09-30 18:04
David Mabuza (GCIS)

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Mbombela - Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza was not dead, his office said after a hoax call announcing that he had died.

On Wednesday, Mabuza's spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, said the premier's office received a call alerting them to Mabuza's death, which proved to be untrue.

The spokesperson also dismissed rumours that Mabuza had suffered a stroke and kidney failure since falling sick at the beginning of September this year.

"We were shocked to hear some people saying the premier had died... That is not true. There is no health scare. The premier is home resting.

"The claims he has had a stroke are not true. The kidney claims are also false. What we can tell the public is the premier is well; he is on indefinite resting [leave] and soon he will be back [at work]," said Mncwango.

When asked if he had spoken to Mabuza recently, Mncwango said acting premier Vusi Shongwe was the one in constant contact with Mabuza.

He said he had also been unable to convey messages from people wishing Mabuza well, because he had not been in contact with him.

The provincial government was functioning well while Mabuza recovered, Mncwango added.

Mabuza was airlifted to hospital at the beginning of the month after allegedly collapsing.

Shongwe, the community safety, security and liaison MEC, was sworn in as acting premier on September 9.

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