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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

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Angie’s at the wheel: Motshekga now ‘acting president’ in Cyril’s absence

The surprising appointment is due to Ramaphosa’s visit on Friday to Lusaka for the funeral of the late President Kenneth Kaunda.

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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

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Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve as Acting President on Friday.


In a statement, the Presidency announced the appointment has been made in view of the President’s visit today to Lusaka, Zambia.

“The President will attend the State Funeral Service for the late President Kenneth Kaunda.”

Kenneth Kaunda, the founding President of Zambia, died at the age of 97 on Thursday, 17 June, just days after he was admitted to Maina Soko Military hospital.

The cause of death is yet to be revealed. Kaunda was admitted for treatment for pneumonia at the hospital in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, on Monday. He was said to be recovering and an administrative assistant, Rodrick Ngolo, insisted that the former political leader had not contracted COVID-19, at the time.

The Presidency added that Angie will take this position on Friday while Deputy President David Mabuza is currently receiving medical treatment in the Russian Federation.

“Deputy President Mabuza has requested from the President, to take a few days of leave.”

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During this time, the Deputy President will undertake a visit to the Russian Federation for a scheduled medical consultation.

“This consultation is a follow-up to previous medical consultations that the Deputy President received from the Russian Federation.”

The Presidency said it is unclear what Mabuza is being treated for, or why he cannot receive sufficient treatment locally.

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This is not the first or the second time Mabuza has sought medical treatment in Russia. In 2018, Mabuza spent more than 15 days in Russia for “routine” medical treatment.


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