Angie Motshekga acts as SA President- only for short period

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has been appointed as the Acting President as of Friday while President Cyril Ramaphosa is attending the state funeral service for late Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.

Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza is currently out of the country, as he headed to Russia for medical treatment.

The Presidency announced on Friday morning, that the appointment was made in light of Ramaphosa’s visit to Lusaka, Zambia.

As The President heads to Lusaka, he will be joined by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr. Naledi Pandor as well as Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe.

The Presidency also stated that, Deputy President David Mabuza, who is currently receiving medical treatment, he will be back in the country on a date to be determined by his medical doctors.

The funeral will be held in Lusaka’s main showground and will be attended by high-profile individuals that include government representatives, former and current heads of State.

Zambia had declared 21 days of mourning for the liberation hero, who led it from 1964, after the southern African nation gained independence from Britain, until 1991.

Kaunda’s remains were in a closed casket and were transported to the country’s 10 provinces to enable them to pay respect.


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