Premier suffered stroke, underwent op

2012-02-18 12:27

Johannesburg - Northern Cape Premier Hazel Jenkins suffered a stroke when she collapsed during her state of the province address in Kimberley, her spokesperson said on Saturday.

"Investigations last night revealed that the premier had suffered a stroke as a result of a ruptured aneurysm in her brain. She was taken to theatre last night and operated on by a team of neurosurgeons," spokesperson Mafu Davids said.

"She is now awake and her condition is stable. The specialist team is happy about her progress."

He could not elaborate on the extent of the damage caused by the stroke.

"All we know is what is said by the medical team. We are just happy that she is awake."

The premier was about 30 minutes into her speech when she collapsed at the CRC church where the state of the province address was held on Friday.

Paramedics gave immediate attention to Jenkins before she was admitted to the Kimberley Hospital.

The Speaker of the Northern Cape Legislature Jacobus van Wyk said the Legislature would convene a special standing committee to decide a way forward on Tuesday.

This would mean the rescheduling of the state-of-the-province address and the debates.

He said the Northern Cape Legislature would like to finalise the programme as soon as possible.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-18 12:33

    Well all the clowns in parliament are enough to make anyones blood pressure rise! Hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.

  • Don - 2012-02-18 12:59

    Wishing her a speedy and full recovery. Not a nice thing to happen to anyone and it is a serious condition that I am told can happen to 1 out of 5 people. Just trust she has no damage. A pilot recently suffered the same but he was not as fortunate. He was a hero to me as he landed the large plane even though he already had lost use of part of his body. Be sensitive to other's and please don't make a political issue out of someone's serious medical condition.

      Marion - 2012-02-18 13:13

      Well said Don.

      Jeffrey - 2012-02-18 13:31

      100% correct Don. No need for politicking when someone suffers a serious medical condition.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-18 13:05

    Crumbs. Don't stress out like that . Lay off the gravy train.

      Marcell - 2012-02-18 13:09

      Stressing that the gravy is running low.

      Tanie - 2012-02-18 13:26

      Too big shoes to fit? true leave die ou oukies to have a ride, they do not have a top to burst.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-02-18 13:58

    Wishing you a speedy full recovery. Offering prayers of thanks that you were in the right place and the right time and that medics could act swiftly. Bless you Hazel. You are a gutsy useful and intelligent WOMAN! May you rise and take your place in the effort to turn a pigs ear into a silken purse. Lots and lots of love!

  • tlegodu - 2012-02-18 14:07

    We thanks God for Hazel's stable health, all our prayers will keep God's healing hand on her and be healed.

  • Tanie - 2012-02-18 14:09


  • Sika - 2012-02-18 14:14

    it's funny how people in this forum are busy saying we should be sensitive to this ladies condition and they don't wish it on anyone else. However I know 90% of you wish it on Julius Malema.......!

      Tanie - 2012-02-18 14:23

      You must be a new kid in town Sika...It is not funny but the way it goes. You are only recognised, only if jy lyk soos Tanie. Sometime you just have to give them thumb up their...Rs's THEY like it very much.It makes them feel good and pompous.Do not forget ..thumb up thiers.

      Kim - 2012-02-18 14:29

      How right you are Sika. Careful now how you react to this. It might bite you in the Ar..e

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-18 16:47

    Hope you feel better soon. Been there twice.

      Hugo - 2012-02-18 18:42

      glad you had a second chance,many more years!

  • Brett Bruce - 2012-02-18 17:38

    Don't stroke me on my studio.

      Hugo - 2012-02-18 18:43

      not funny

      Bra - 2012-02-18 19:15

      brett i stroke you on your studio

  • inwardk - 2012-02-18 19:02

    Shows what stress can do.

  • Tokoloshe - 2012-02-18 19:06

    Get well soon!!!!

  • Vuyo - 2012-02-18 19:11

    She will have to take things slowly from now on . It means a new premier must be appointed .

  • Bongeka - 2012-02-19 02:28

    Guys,the woman is sick and she nearly lost her life or the use of some of her body parts for God's sake.But I'm surprised to see that most of the people posting comments here see this as a political stage/podium to play dirty politcs.People, not everything is about politics but common sense.All those with negative comments are being inhuman and that's very wrong because it shows how short sighted you are.So becarefull and think before you open your mouth or start typing and posting garbage here.

  • Willie - 2012-02-19 06:36

    Whether we applaud, criticize, agree, disagree or classify a person from a political, or whatever perspective, as incompetent or whatever, when a fate like this befalls a person, which could happen to anyone of us, we leave difference aside and say, I pray you a speedy and full recovery

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