SACP leader Blade Nzimande Picture: Kurt Engel
Johannesburg - Former higher education minister and South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande is making a speedy recovery following a health scare, a party representative said on Wednesday. 

Nzimande was reportedly rushed to hospital after he vomited at the ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference, drawing to a close at the Nasrec centre. 

According to reports, Nzimande’s health deteriorated after he gave his message of support to the ruling party. 

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo in an interview with Jacaranda News confirmed the incident. 

“There’s certainly something he may have consumed at conference resulting in the problem he experienced. 

“Unfortunately we’re unable to get into the details of doctor-patient confidentiality. There are many ways in which food poisoning may occur.”

Mashilo refused to be drawn into speculation that the poisoning may have been deliberate, adding that they did not want to raise any panic buttons until tests were done.

He added that they would be guided by medical examinations, which are being completed in the hospital. 

“We are happy that he’s speedily recovering,” Mashilo said.