Lutfo admitted to SA hospital
MBABANE – Minister of Labour and Social Security Lutfo Dlamini was yesterday admitted to a South African hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness.
While reports suggested that the minister had been referred to a South African medical institution in Pretoria by a local doctor after his condition reportedly deteriorated, his wife Ncane refuted that he was in South Africa.
"The minister is busy with the doctor. He is here at Medisun, not South Africa," she said and laughed at news suggesting that the minister was in the neighbouring country.
It was 5:58pm when the minister’s wife was spoken to.
However, shortly after 7:30pm the minister’s Secretary, Xolile sent an SMS stating that Minister Dlamini had told her to confirm that he had been admitted in Nelspruit and not in Pretoria.
She said Minister Dlamini said he was undergoing further treatment related to an undisclosed illness.
Although being cagey with details, the minister’s younger brother Senator Bhutana Dlamini also confirmed the latest development.
"He is not feeling well, he is in hospital.
"I cannot say whether it is serious or not but the fact that he is admitted shows it is a serious matter," said the senator.
Principal Secretary Nomathemba Hlope said the issue was personal: "All I know is that he is on sick leave."
The Government Press Secretary, Percy Simelane, refused to comment on the minister’s illness stating that it was personal matter.
Our sister publication, the Times SUNDAY, reported that the minister was presently on sick leave for three weeks after spraining his left ankle.
The minister told the publication that he had received calls from people who wanted him to confirm reports that he had diabetes.
"On Wednesday I received a call from someone who said he has gathered information that I am suffering from diabetes which is why my leg is in a plaster.
"I am not suffering from diabetes and people should know that," he told the Times Sunday.
He attributed his ankle injury to falling while gardening at his home in Mdzimba.
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