Blade Nzimande: Update On SACP Leader’s ‘Food Poisoning’ Saga


Blade Nzimande Food Poisoning – The South African Communist Party (SACP) leader has been discharged from the hospital and now reportedly at home after ‘consuming something’ at the African National Congress’ (ANC) elective conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Nzimande was reportedly rushed to the hospital after his health deteriorated on Monday – just shortly after he delivered his message of support at the ANC’s elective conference.

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Confirming the incident earlier, SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo told reporters that Nzimande’s health problem might have been triggered by ‘something’ he ate at the conference. The spokesperson, however, refused to confirm if the former Higher Education minister was poisoned or directly targeted.

In addition, he expressed gladness that Mr. Blade was speedily recovering, promising that the SACP will be guided by medical examinations, which were being completed in the hospital at the time.

“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 stated earlier.

The 4-day ANC elective conference drew to an end with the election of the ruling party’s additional 80 members of the national executive committee (NEC). While the outcome, released in the early hours of Thursday morning, saw losing presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Malusi Gigaba, Zizi Kodwa, Angie Motshekga, Bathabile Dlamini made the list, SACP members, including Blade Nzimande, were not elected to the powerful decision-making body.

This comes as a blow to the communist party which has been in an alliance relationship with the ruling party over the years. Blade Nzimande was not the only SACP member who failed to make the cut. SACP deputy chairperson, Thulas Nxesi, was also not elected to the ANC NEC.

MKMVA chief Kebby Maphatsoe, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and former finance minister Nhanhla Nene also did not secure a spot on the decision-making body.

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However, some controversial ANC members who were elected to the NEC include convicted woman abuser Mduduzi Manana, ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine, and former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.