The ANC stated that they remain committed to the well-being of South Africans, locally and overseas, and will work with the Chinese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that the new coronavirus is brought under control.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed in a statement that no case of the virus has been reported in South Africa so far.
He said measures were tightened at airports in particular and the military was asked to help.
No travel or trade bans have been imposed so far between South Africa and China, although Mkhize recommends postponing non-essential trips to China until the situation is under control.
Earlier NewsliteSA reported that Botswana’s government said it had five cases in which people may have been infected with the virus, while Namibia had one possible case.
According to the ANC, they are confident in the Chinese government’s ability to cope with the virus and want to assure China that “they will never be alone”.
“Our solidarity with the people of China is in line with the principle of progress. We share the idea of a world in which nobody dies of a preventable disease. “