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SA Twitter ablaze after ANC's Collen Maine undergoes surgery to lose weight

The dramatic weight loss of ANC NEC member Collen Maine continues to trigger debate among South Africans.

The dramatic weight loss of ANC NEC member Collen Maine continues to trigger debate among South Africans.

Published Dec 1, 2019

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Johannesburg - The dramatic weight loss of ANC NEC member and former ANC Youth League president Collen Maine continues to trigger debate among South Africans.

South Africans took to Twitter at the weekend, commenting about how they still did not believe it was him after Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux shared snaps of Maine before and after he went under the knife.

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Maine revealed in October that he had undergone a laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, a medical procedure involves the removal of about 80% of the stomach, leaving a smaller tube-shaped stomach.

He said he had decided to undergo the surgical process due to health scares, adding that he was following a strict diet and had stopped drinking alcohol.

While other social media users continued to generate humour on Maine’s transformation, others commended him for the change.

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User @FezileGobile, commented “Not a big fan, but I give to the guy he looks healthy”, while Mthokozisi Mpungose @MthokozisiMpun2 said “Wow whatever he is doing it's doing wonders for him”.

I'm so proud of Collen Maine. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

There's nothing great about being overweight.

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— Zweli Ndhlovu (@JustZweli) November 30, 2019

Maine is just one among a growing number of political leaders who drastically cut down on their weight.

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