- Yet another minister has been admitted to hospital after contracting Covid-19 over a week ago, according to a statement by the Presidency
- Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has been admitted on the advice of his doctors who had earlier warned him to monitor his symptoms closely
- This comes after Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe was earlier admitted as well
The Presidency has confirmed that Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has been admitted to hospital on Monday. In a statement issued to clarify the situation, the presidency noted that Nxesi's condition had warranted a hospital stay:
"The Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thembelani ‘Thulas’ Nxesi (MP), was admitted to hospital last night due to Covid-19. The minister tested positive for the coronavirus almost a week ago and has, until last night, been in self-quarantine at home."
Nxesi will now be closely monitored at the advice of his medical doctors, continued that statement:
"His admission to hospital comes on the advice of his medical doctors, in order for him to have access to better medical attention and proper monitoring."
Briefly.co.za had reported earlier that Minister Gwede Mantashe had also been admitted after testing positive:
"Minister Nxesi is the second member of Cabinet to be admitted to hospital after Minister Gwede Mantashe. We wish both Minister Nxesi and Minister Mantashe well and a speedy recovery."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa's office had been shaken by a PPE tender controversy.
A report has alleged that President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko and her husband have benefited from the government's multibillion-rand effort to supply Covid-19 personal protective equipment.
Diko's husband, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko's company Royal Bhaca Projects was handed R125 million in contracts by the Gauteng Department of Health.
Royal Bhaca secured two contracts to the tune of R47 million and R78 million to supply and deliver PPE to the department.
Diko also serves as a member of the Gauteng ANC provincial executive committee. The contracts were part of the R2.2 billion in PPE tenders handed out by the Gauteng Health Department just days after Ramaphosa announced the lockdown.
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