KwaZulu-Natal premier Willies Mchunu fainted during his state of the province address on Wednesday.
The 70-year-old premier asked to pause his speech and for the speaker to give the podium to the leader of government business, Sihle Zikalala.
“Speaker, may I request to pause here to request leader of government business to continue on my behalf, I have a challenge, thank you, speaker,” he said before losing his balance as he was stepping off the stage and collapsed.
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People could be heard praying in tongues, while others started shouting: “The devil is a liar, in the name of Jesus!”
He was being attended to by medical officials after being taken out of the venue.
Former president Jacob Zuma was in also in attendance.