KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu collapsed while delivering his State of the Province Address on Wednesday morning.
EWN reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says Mchunu paused and asked the Speaker if the leader of government business Sihle Zikalala could continue with the delivery of Sopa. Then he fainted and fell as he walked off the stage.
As he was walking off the stage he stumbled and a few officials ran towards him but he collapsed.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, Reporter - EWN
According to Ngcobo, he was taken from the venue in an ambulance with former president Jacob Zuma, and Mchunu's wife by his side.
There was a bit of chaos as others were praying and screaming. Some people I spoke to said they thought that the premier was going to die, that's how chaotic and scary the scene was during the Sopa.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, Reporter - EWN
The paramedics attended to him and he was evacuated from the venue and taken to hospital.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, Reporter - EWN
We don't know the condition of the Premier now but he has been frail and ill for a very long time.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, Reporter - EWN
Ngcobo says Zikalala has been acting premier at most events due to Mchunu health issues.
It is rather unfortunate that during his last State of the Province Address, the moment where he was supposed to close off his term of office then Mchunu collapses, unable to conclude his speech and give a reflection of what he was able to contribute toward building the province of KwaZulu- Natal.— Ziyanda Ngcobo, Reporter - EWN
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Jacob Zuma was beside Premier Willies Mchunu when he fainted during KZN Sopa