- Deputy President David Mabuza has not tested positive for Covid-19 according to his office
- Mabuza was advised to stay home by his doctor and is currently recovering in Mpumalanga
- This comes after the deputy president cancelled two planned appearances after falling ill
Deputy President David Mabuza's office has released a statement over his sudden illness after it was made public on Wednesday.
Mabuza's spokesperson Matshepo Seedat commented that Mabuza has tested negative for Covid-19:
"The deputy president has, in the past, spoken openly about his ill health. As per previous communication by the department for defence on the coronavirus test result, nothing has changed."
His office explained that he had taken advice from his doctor and is currently recovering in Mpumalanga.
The deputy president had cancelled planned question and answer sessions in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.
Despite the setback, Mabuza's office promised that he would make himself available at a later date:
"In his correspondence, the deputy president has assured both presiding officers that he will avail himself to respond to oral replies on a date to be mutually agreed to."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Gwede Mantashe and Minister Thulas Nxesi had both tested positive for Covid-19.
The Labour Minister and Mineral Resources Minister had both later been admitted to hospital on the advice of their doctors for closer monitoring after their symptoms worsened.
In a statement issued by Cabinet, Phumla Williams explained that the minister was admitted to hospital on Monday:
“Minister Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the advice of their family doctor for better medical attention and monitoring, whilst Mrs Mantashe will continue to self-quarantine at their home."
Williams said that the state would continue to support the family during their battle against the virus:
“We will continue to give the Mantashe family all the support they need during this time. We wish both Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery from this invisible enemy and we are quite confident that they will emerge victorious against the coronavirus."
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