- The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has tested positive for Covid-19
- Patel remains in good spirits and is currently working from home in self-quarantine
- This comes after two ministers were admitted to hospital earlier this week
Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has tested positive according to the Presidency.
In a statement issued on Saturday evening, it was confirmed that the politician had received his results:
"This was the Minister’s second test to be conducted since the outbreak of this virus."
Nevertheless, Patel remains active in his role even participating in the virtual parliamentary budget vote debate on Friday:
"Minister Patel is in good spirits and is in self-quarantine, and will continue to work from home. Those that have been in contact with the Minister are also in self-isolation and have been encouraged to get tested."
The minister had highlighted the importance of saving companies and jobs during the pandemic:
"The Minister remains committed to preparing South Africa for the post-covid world, strengthening efforts around reconstruction and recovery. As part his budget debate speech yesterday, the Minister announced that every directorate of the DTIC and every agency within its mandate will prioritise saving firms and jobs during this period."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that both Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe had tested positive for the virus.
Both ministers were admitted to hospital at the advice of their respective medical doctors, who had felt the need for both men to be closely monitored.
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