- The Department of Transport are mourning the loss of one of their colleagues
- Minister Fikile Mbalula said one of their colleagues, Monica Diparu Mokone, succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic
- Mokone has bee described as a warm, caring person who was committed to her work
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The Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula and his department are mourning the loss of one of their colleagues lost to the Covid-19 virus.
The department issued a statement about the passing of Monica Diparu Mokone. Mokone held the position of Cabinet Secretary in the Department of Transport since the beginning of the sixth administration and had faithfully served in various government positions for 25 years prior.
The department confirmed that she succumbed to the Covid-19 virus on 23 July after spending three weeks in hospital.
The statement said colleagues described Mokone as warm person whose care and commitment were unparalleled. They said she was a dedicated and skilled professional with meticulous attention to detail.
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Mbalula said Mokone was more than a colleague, 'she was like family'. Mokone sent his condolences to the family and Mokone will be laid to rest on 28 July.
Mbalula also urged South Africans not to grow weary in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the government has announced that Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has been discharged from hospital.
The minister was discharged on Sunday evening after testing positive earlier this month.
In a statement released by the Office of the Presidency, it was confirmed that Mantashe will recover at home for another week.
"Though he has been discharged, he has been advised by his medical team to stay home for another seven days. We are grateful that Minister Mantashe is now at home with his family and on his way to a full recovery." said the statement.
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