The Premier of the Eastern Cape province, Oscar Mabuyane, has tested positive for Covid-19 according to the provincial government
- In a statement released to make the announcement on Thursday, it was confirmed that Mabuyane is informing citizens he had recently come into contact with of this development
- The Premier isn't letting the situation get in the way of his work, committing to working from home in the meantime
The Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that Oscar Mabuyane has tested positive for the coronavirus amid the pandemic.
In a statement issued by the office on Thursday afternoon it was confirmed that Mabuyane had begun experiencing flu symptoms which had prompted him to test for Covid-19:
"When his test results came back positive, Premier Mabuyane started informing his family members, staff in his office and some of the people he had met with recently about his test results and encouraging those who might be feeling similar symptoms to take Covid-19 tests."
In addition to this, the provincial government issued a warning to anyone who may have come into contact with Mabuyane in recent days:
"Premier Mabuyane encourages any person he met with in the last seven days who might be having or feeling similar symptoms to take Covid-19 tests for them to know their health status."
Mabuyane isn't allowing the positive result to affect him negatively, announcing that he isn't allowing the virus to break his stride:
"Premier Mabuyane is isolating at home where he will continue with his official duties using technology for meetings and for communicating with his office, members of the Executive Council, the leadership of the local, national government and other stakeholders."
The local government wished its leader a swift recovery from the virus that which has seen numerous infections in the province recently, concluding the statement to say that:
"The provincial government wishes Premier Mabuyane speedy recovery as he isolates at home and we will support him through this recovery process. All the events and programmes that the Premier was going to visit, and to attend have been postponed for now."
Bobani was removed from his post as mayor late last year after being accused of corruption and mismanagement.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa commented on Bobani's passing, confirming that:
"It is sad to announce the passing of Councillor Bobani this evening. Our condolences to the family and friends."
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