KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu fainted during his state of the province address on Wednesday.
The 70-year-old premier asked to pause his speech and for the speaker to give the podium to the leader of government business, Sihle Zikalala.
“Speaker, may I request to pause here to request leader of government business to continue on my behalf, I have a challenge, thank you, speaker,” he said before losing his balance as he was stepping off the stage and collapsed.
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People could be heard praying in tongues, while others started shouting: “The devil is a liar, in the name of Jesus!”
He was being attended to by medical officials after being taken out of the venue.
Former president Jacob Zuma was in also in attendance. Mchunu later returned to the event looking freshened up.