President Jacob Zuma’s wife, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma has died from food poisoning as a result of the bacteria Clostridium perfringens Type A.
Clostridium perfringens is a common bacteria that is a normal part of decaying vegetation and marine sediment and can be found in the intestinal tract of humans. It is believed that most people have had food poisoning from this bacteria at some point.
Tobeka Madiba-Zuma became ill a day after a carvery at a pub in Pretoria.
“Her condition worsened and she developed multiple organ failure. It is extremely rare that anyone suffer fatal symptoms; there are only seven other recorded cases of a person suffering multiple organ failure after becoming ill with this bacteria.” officials at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital said.
South Africa’s first female national police commissioner, Mangwashi Victoria Phiyegaa says, “We have opened a case of inquest and we’re still investigating to find out what was put in the food. No arrests have been made so far, but we are continuing with our investigations.”
Commissioner Mangwashi Victoria recorded a verdict of misadventure. She said: “There is no doubt in my mind that whatever she ate caused these difficulties, but I am sure she felt she was going to get better.”
Speaking to News24, her cousin Kate Matsho said: “It’s just so awful why sometimes such an atrocity can be allowed to thrive with us. This is absolutely ridiculous! Am solely counting on the police to act in their own power to bring the perpetrators to book.”
“As a few of you know, my cousin, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma passed away early this morning due to the complications in Pretoria,” .“I can’t still believe this has happened to a woman of our pride I know. She was a friend to all and a shoulder to lean on. She’s always going to be with us in our hearts and memories. She’ll always be there to defend the rights to those who are less fortunate.” – Nathi Mantashe said.