Unwell Dabengwa flown to India for further treatment

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By Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION ZAPU leader Dumiso Dabengwa has been airlifted to India for specialist treatment, his foundation has revealed.

According to the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation, the former Home Affairs Minister was flown to India on Monday accompanied by his wife, Zodwa Dabengwa.

Dabengwa (79) stopped any public appearances some time last year, something that was followed by reports he had been taken to South Africa for treatment.

At the time, his party was quick to say he was out of danger and was in the neighbouring country for “routine check up”.

Said Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation director Mthulisi Hanana in a Wednesday statement, “As already known, Dr Dabengwa has been unwell since November 2018.

“He has sought treatment in South Africa from December till early this year.

“He thus has travelled to India as of Monday 22 April and is in the company of his beloved wife, Mrs Zodwa Dabengwa.

“The image in circulation was taken at one of the airports. Dr Dabengwa used the wheel chair as he was complaining of fatigue owing to his condition and exacerbated by the activities over the Easter Holidays.

“Dr Dabengwa has since November reduced his appearance in public as he seeks medical treatment.

“He has however, where possible attended some meetings which include Professor Makhurane’s funeral, the launch of his Foundation, Dorothy Masuku’s Memorial Service and most recently, the UMkhonto WeSizwe Conference. His being at the airport is in no way the 1st since December.

“We urge all of us to remember him in our prayers as he gets medical treatment far from home.”