- Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and his wife, Mrs Nolwandle Mantashe, have both tested positive for Covid-19
- This was the minister's third round of testing since lockdown commenced
- Mantashe will continue working from his residence and will remain in isolation
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the nationwide lockdown in March, but the number of infections and fatalities keep rising on a daily basis.
Numerous organisations have remained closed during this period and large public gatherings are still prohibited, which has curbed the spread of the coronavirus to a certain extent.
However, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and his wife, Mrs Nolwandle Mantashe, have now also tested positive for Covid-19.
The Presidency confirmed the news and that this was Mantashe's third round of testing since the virus reached our shores.
Mantashe will continue working, but it will be from his home and he'll remain in isolation.
The Presidency's statement read:
"The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond. The Minister has directed all members of his private office in government to also test. As we wish Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery, we extend the same well wishes to the thousands of South Africans and their families who are also battling coronavirus."
Briefly.co.za gathered the news caused a stir and we observed some of the social media reactions.
MR 'H' (@hlatshwayo_andy) said,
"Good news! the pandemic is dealing with another pandemic."
Nzama ngobeni (@nzama_ngobeni) added,
"Get well soon Tiger."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that the ANC top six are expected to meet with the ANC provincial executive committee in Limpopo on Thursday.
This comes after the party secretary general Ace Magashule announced that corruption-accused duo Danny Msiza and Florence Radzilani would be reinstated.
However, ANC Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has said this is not entirely true.
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