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Mbete health scare: Report

By Sapa | Aug 18, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete had a health scare so life threatening that she was transferred from 2 Military Hospital to 1 Military hospital by military plane, City Press reported on Sunday.

The 64-year-old was accompanied on her flight by two doctors, who considered taking a defibrillator - a machine used to treat life-threatening heart conditions - with them on the plane, according to the report.

Mbete is expected to be back at work next week when Parliament's new term starts on August 19.

Parliament said Mbete was recovering well after being advised by doctors to rest and rebuild her strength following an intense election campaign in May.

According to the report, Mbete was well enough to walk aboard the jet, dressed in pyjamas and wrapped in a blanket.

She shared the plane with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who had to be dropped off in the Eastern Cape, before the plane continued with Mbete to Pretoria.

The flight took off on July 25, three days after Mbete delivered Parliament's budget speech in the National Assembly and two days after Mapisa-Nqakula delivered her budget speech, according to the report.

Mapisa-Nqakula's spokeswoman Joy Peter told the publication that the Ministerial Handbook allowed Mbete to use military facilities.

"Chapter 6 part 4 of the Ministerial Handbook clearly stipulates that members, which includes a Speaker of Parliament, may use SA Air Force aircraft for health reasons, and Ms Mbete was not well at the time," she was quoted as saying.


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What utter horse-sh!t!

Aug 18, 2014 7:12 | 1 replies


I agree with you:Pure S!t whilst the masses are suffering in the rural areas,there are those whose lives must be treated with highcare,at the taxpayers's toils ha?

Aug 18, 2014 8:57 | 1 replies


Hey ZANC that wasnt fear that was HOPE!!

Aug 18, 2014 10:24 | 1 replies


Come on guys, let's be fair and give the devil his due. At least they're now trying to cover it up, instead of being so in your face about it.

Aug 18, 2014 2:27 | 0 replies


It's very important for the aged to keep their medication with them at all times while at parliament. Especially now that Malema is in the house.

Aug 18, 2014 7:59 | 2 replies
Aug 18, 2014 9:56 | 0 replies


lol Vhamsanda lol good one, EFF must give them a run for their money, hte anc has been in slumberland for almost 10yrs now,

Aug 18, 2014 1:15 | 0 replies


Why don't they just board her and get someone who isn't at death's door to do the job? It is illogical to have someone who is so ill in such a stressful, important position.

Aug 18, 2014 8:50 | 0 replies


A speedy recovery to you honourable Mbethe.

Aug 18, 2014 9:34 | 2 replies


"honourable"???? You have to be joking.

Aug 18, 2014 9:35 | 1 replies


yes "honourable" why not Robin?

Aug 18, 2014 10:5 | 1 replies


Because she is anything but honourable. She is simply JZ's lapdog and "enforcer".

Aug 18, 2014 10:35 | 0 replies


Robin you took the words right out of my mouth, lol

Aug 18, 2014 1:16 | 0 replies


Learn to respect other people, take people serious and you will stay out of trouble. When many people pray for you, answers are received.

Aug 18, 2014 10:41 | 0 replies


Why is she not in a government hospital? = Because our public hospitals are like CONCENTRATION CAMPS, where people are washing with their hands with cold water, at times using enamel plates and sharing spoons and with torn linen, if you think this is a lie I challenge you to go to E.C hospitals

Aug 18, 2014 12:36 | 0 replies


mpundulwana, that is what free services has done to our country and all the stealing that has been happening in goverments hospitals. I wouldnt go there so why must she go especially if she can afford a good hospital?

Aug 18, 2014 12:59 | 0 replies


So what terrible life-threatening affliction does she have?

Aug 18, 2014 1:41 | 0 replies


Unfortunately is very hard to deal with change, This are the effects and outcomes of having EFF nd Juju himself in the parliament-the stress iz too nmuch for this old ppl

Aug 18, 2014 3:27 | 0 replies


I said last week already, send her on permanent retirement. That is cheaper on the long run then giving her more opportunities to suck up to the grand master.

Aug 18, 2014 4:3 | 0 replies