A leading advisor to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was quickly whisked away from proceedings at the Union Buildings on Tuesday, after he endured a medical emergency during a state visit to Pretoria.
Medical emergency reported during German state visit to SA
The German delegation was welcomed by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the iconic administrative site earlier this morning. However, shortly after a 21-gun salute was performed, a member of the visiting party was left ‘unable to stand upright’.
One source at the scene says that the incident took place as ‘clouds of smoke from the gunfire’ swirled towards the politicians. Before the National Anthem was played, Scholz’s advisor was escorted away from the event.
Olaf Scholz advisor ‘left unable to stand’ due to medical emergency
He was quickly seen to by medical teams, who have since sent the representative on for additional health checks. We are awaiting further updates on this matter, and will bring you any developments as we get them.
Breaking- An advisor who's part of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's delegation on an official state visit to the Union Buildings has suffered a medical condition.— The Legal SA (@TheLegalSA) May 24, 2022
The advisor was unable to stand upright.
The exact nature of the medical emergency is unclear.#TheLegalSA pic.twitter.com/MJWpcq9uKL
Why Cyril Ramaphosa is meeting the German Chancellor
In a statement on Monday, The Presidency said that Chancellor Scholz is visiting South Africa at the invitation of President Ramaphosa and will be accompanied by senior officials and business executives.
The pair are discussing a number of issues of bilateral and international concern, including ways to enhance cooperation in areas such as energy and climate change, trade and investment, and responses to COVID-19 and vaccine demand.
South Africa’s total trade with Germany is R266 billion and its exports, a big percentage of which consist of value-added products, account for R155 billion a year. About 600 German companies are represented here in Mzansi.