Durban - DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko’s condition was “improving” after she was admitted to a Cape Town hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery on Thursday.
Although Mazibuko is due to be discharged on Tuesday, she has been advised to rest for two weeks.
Mazibuko’s mother, June-Rose Mazibuko, speaking from Cape Town on Saturday, said that although her daughter had been in great pain on Friday, she was still worried about the party’s political affairs.
“She’s improving, she’s getting better. Like everyone who is committed to work, she’s worried about her inability to work at the moment. She’s wondering about work and how things are going.
“We’re always telling her to try to not think about work too much. She’s trying, but it’s difficult for her. She’s a hard-working woman, but our message to her has been that her life is more important.”
She described her daughter’s condition as having been serious.
“It was critical because it was urgent for her to undergo surgery, but it was not life-threatening.” But she would neither divulge where her daughter was being treated nor the exact nature of the illness, citing the need for privacy.
Party leader Helen Zille wished Mazibuko a speedy recovery, saying she fully appreciated what she had gone through. “Obviously, it affects our campaign. But if people get ill, they get ill. We would have preferred for her to be out and about. But sickness doesn’t time itself. Her health is the priority.”
The DA’s parliamentary caucus chairman, Wilmot James, told Sapa that he had assumed key parliamentary duties and responsibilities on Mazibuko’s behalf.
She would resume her work once she had fully recovered.