- Deputy President David Mabuza has announced his results after a coronavirus test
- Mabuza revealed that he tested negative after concerns were raised by the public
- The deputy urged citizens to obtain testing should they experience symptoms
Deputy President David Mabuza has revealed his results after citizens raised concerns over his coronavirus status.
In a statement on the situation, the politician confirmed that he has indeed tested negative:
"Noting the interest of the public in the status of Deputy President Mabuza, the South African National Defence Force and the Office of the Deputy President has resolved that it is in the public interest to assure all South Africans that the Deputy President tested negative for Covid-19."
Mabuza said he was advised by his physicians to undergo a test after having come into close contact with someone who tested positive:
"The Deputy President continues to take necessary precautions during this testing time, where the world and our country is doing all that is necessary to flatten the curve as we tackle this pandemic."
Mabuza urged South Africans to heed lockdown regulations in addition to the regulations prescribed by health experts:
“It is incumbent on all South Africans to stop the spread of this virus and minimise further the disruption this virus has caused to all of us. We must stand united as a nation as we confront this challenge, and are called upon to support all those infected and affected by this pandemic.”
The deputy president thanked the nation for the care and concern raised over his health.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had also undergone a test, producing negative results.
This comes after ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe tested positive for the virus after being in close proximity to both the nation's leaders.
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