Another minister tested positive for Covid-19.
The presidency said in a statement recently that Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Labor and Employment, had received his test results on Friday. This is the fourth time that Nxesi has been tested for Covid-19 and the first time that the result has been positive.
Nxesi is in self-isolation at this stage and is still working from home. Everyone who works in his office or who has come in contact with the minister is also tested for the virus.
“The minister is clear and confident that he will overcome the virus,” the statement said.
In addition to Nxesi, ministers Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Gwede Mantashe, as well as deputy ministers Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu and Nkosi Holomisa, have also already tested positive for Covid-19.
Mapisa-Nqakula and Holomisa have already recovered from the illness and wished the other officials speedy recovery.
The presidency also gave its best wishes to other people who contracted the virus and expressed its condolences to those who had lost loved ones to death due to Covid-19.