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Bathabile Dlamini hospitalised for COVID-19

Article by: Dumisane Dube

African National Congress (ANC) Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini has tested positive for Covid-19.

The ANC announced this in a statement on Tuesday night. Dlamini is an ANC National Executive Committee member.

“We wish Comrade Bathabile a speedy recovery and hope that she successfully completes her medical treatment so that she can return to office and continue serving the movement,” spokesperson Pule Mabe said.

“Comrade Bathabile’s courage and resolve to beat Covid-19 should inspire all of us to stand together against this pandemic. We also wish many other South Africans who are battling with Covid-19 well. We must continue to defend each other and protect one another.

The news of Dlamini’s hospitalisation comes hours after the Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed that the ANCWL president will have to answer to charges of perjury.

The inquiry was instituted by the Constitutional Court after it found the former minister had been reckless and grossly negligent in her handling of the social grants crisis in 2017.

She is expected to appear in court in September.

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