On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Angie Motshekga, the Minister of Basic Education, to act as Acting President. The appointment was made in light of the President’s travel to Lusaka, Zambia, today, according to the Presidency.
“The President will attend the State Funeral Service for President Kenneth Kaunda, who passed away recently.”
Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president, died on Thursday, June 17th, at the age of 97, just days after being taken to the Maina Soko Military Hospital. The cause of death is yet unknown. On Monday, Kaunda was brought to a hospital in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, for pneumonia treatment.
He was said to be recovering and an administrative assistant, Rodrick Ngolo, insisted that the former political leader had not contracted COVID-19, at the time. The Presidency added that Angie will take this position on Friday while Deputy President David Mabuza is currently receiving medical treatment in the Russian Federation.
“Deputy President Mabuza has requested from the President, to take a few days of leave.”
The Deputy President will travel to the Russian Federation for a scheduled medical consultation during this time.
“This consultation is a follow-up to previous medical consultations that the Deputy President received from the Russian Federation.”
The Presidency stated that it is unclear what Mabuza is being treated for or why he is unable to receive adequate therapy in his home country. This is not Mabuza’s first or second trip to Russia for medical treatment. Mabuza visited Russia for more than 15 days in 2018 for “routine” medical treatment.
South Africans have since taken to social media to great to the news:
Leadership! 😁 pic.twitter.com/b6CFlsswVX
— Thabo_The Native (@Komana_Mositsi) July 2, 2021
Reminds of when Buthelezi was acting president for a day, declared war on Lesotho and lost.
— Aubrey (@Aubreychiibi) July 2, 2021
Haibo, Ramaphosa appointed Angie Motshekga to serve as Acting President. This country is a circus. 😂💔😭
— $ ͪ ⷶ ͧ ᷠ_ ᷜ ͤ ꙷ ᷦ🕊️ (@_ShaunKeyz) July 2, 2021