Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was poisoned and traces of palladium were found in his body when he underwent surgery in Johannesburg last week, privately-owned Newsday reported today.
“The VP ingested potent, non-radioactive poison which has low quality palladium substances which caused minor liver damage and he had to undergo surgery last Wednesday,” the paper quoted a source as saying.
Information Minister Chris Mushohwe said last week doctors believed Mnangagwa had eaten stale food.
According to information on holistmed.com, palladium is cytotoxic and kills or damages cells.
It also causes considerable damage and degradation of DNA and exacerbates hydroxyl radical damage.
The State-controlled media has been quiet about Mnangagwa’s condition and did not even mention his return from South Africa.
Instead, it chose to report about The First Lady’s charitable work as she ordered at her Chinhoyi rally.
The State media did not mention anything about the First Lady’s ordeal as South Africa law enforcement agents sealed their borders to prevent her from leaving the country after she was accused of assaulting a 20-year-old South African woman whom she allegedly found at a hotel with her two sons.
The First Lady was only allowed to leave the country after being granted diplomatic immunity, which is likely to be challenged in the South African courts.