Deputy President, David Mabuza’s whereabout will be the subject of a motion from the Democratic Alliance (DA) if Parliament considers tabling an urgent report to allow MPs to ask questions.
The DA shadow Minister for the Presidency, Solly Malatsi, says the last time the country heard about Mabuza was when the presidency granted him special leave to go to Russia for medical treatment.
The country has not heard from him since he travels to Russia at the end of June, said Malatsi, adding that DA will write to the Deputy Speaker, Lechesa Tsenodi, to present the report in Parliament as soon as possible.
He said the country is interested in knowing where he is, the cost of his extended stay in Russia, when he plans to return, and whether any taxpayers money is footing his bills.
“Who fills his shoes as deputy president, head of government business, chairperson of the special cabinet committee on Eskom and chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on vaccines.
Malatsi said while the Deputy President has the right to privacy when it comes to his health, it would be in the public interest to understand how his continuous absence from his duties impacts the country.
Malatsi views it as highly suspicious that the Deputy President has been in Russia for a month for medical treatment, and no details about his health or projected return have been released.
In addition to his government duties, he will serve on two key committees, including Eskom and the vaccination program.
Despite another round of Eskom blackouts a few weeks ago, we can’t afford to get derailed. But the man in charge is nowhere to be found, and there is no news about who will stand in for him or cover the bill.
Malatsi believes that if Mabuza had not been so scarce since the COVID-19 outbreak, South Africa would have simply wished him well, but ANC corruption has taught us to scrutinize even the most seemingly harmless doctor visits.
“The DA wants a report presented to Parliament as soon as possible, followed by the opportunity for MPs to ask questions related to it,” added Malatsi.