Vice President David Mabuza will not appear before the National Assembly once again as he is still recovering from an illness.
Mabuza was due to answer questions from MPs on Thursday, August 20, 2020, but parliament speaker Thandi Modise said he received a letter from the vice president in which he said he could not appear.
Mabuza was to answer questions about various developments within government, including the status of COVID-19 corruption-related investigations as well as public entities.
Unlucky third time: David Mabuza still sick
This is the third time Mabuza requested a postponement. Last month, question and answer sessions at the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and the National Assembly had to be postponed after DD also cited his medical condition.
“Vice President Mabuza was previously scheduled to answer oral questions to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces last month when he asked for other dates.
His appearance before the National Assembly was subsequently postponed until Thursday, ”Parliament spokesman Moloto Mothapo said in a statement on Tuesday August 18, 2020.
“The Vice President has once again fully committed to his availability before Parliament once fully recovered,” Mothapo continued.
DA: “An apology to parliament”
The Democratic Alliance (AD) does not seem to buy into why Mabuza gave Parliament another chance and said he was only looking for excuses.
“Thursday’s session is essential to ensure that the executive is held to account, and as the government affairs leader in parliament, the vice president must avail himself to account for brazen Covid-19 corruption of his party, the ANC and the government. DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi said.
“This is all the more important given that this is not the first time that the vice president has used poor health as an excuse to miss parliamentary question sessions,” added Malatsi.
He said the country deserved an explanation as to why the vice president was a no show.
“So where’s DD Mabuza?” Either he is gravely ill, and his office is trying to hide this fact, or there is nothing wrong with him and he is just trying to avoid responsibility by declaring himself ill every time he is called to Parliament. ”
This is not the first time that the vice president’s health has focused. Mabuza has made a number of trips to Russia for medical treatment after being allegedly poisoned.