- ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu has died after reportedly contracting the coronavirus
- A source in the ANC has confirmed that the former mayor passed away allegedly from the virus
- This comes shortly after a North West MEC died after testing positive for Covid-19
Ricardo Mthembu, ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson and ex-mayor of KwaDukuza, has passed away after contracting Covid-19.
News24 spoke to a source within the ANC in the General Gizenga Mpanza Region with the official commenting:
"Yes, it's true, he has gone. Everyone is very on edge, we can't say much at the moment."
Mthembu was a popular political figure in the province, securing a stronghold for the ruling party in the municipality.
Last year Mthembu had been rumoured to be looking at an MEC post and was inducted as a member of the provincial legislature and secured his place as KZN spokesperson for the ANC.
Mthembu had reportedly been receiving treatment for the virus for a week before eventually passing away.
Briefly.co.za reported that North West Premier Job Mokgoro has confirmed that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Gordon Kegakilwe has passed away after contracting Covid-19.
In a statement issued by the premier, Mokgoro confirmed that Kegakilwe had died on Monday after testing positive:
"He was transported from Vryburg to Klerksdorp in an ambulance and upon arrival in Klerksdorp, he suffered a cardiac arrest and despite all the efforts by the medical personnel, he succumbed and lost his life."
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