Two of South Africa’s cabinet ministers have been admitted to hospital after contracting coronavirus.
In a statement late on Monday night, the presidency revealed that mineral resources minister, Gwede Mantashe was admitted to hospital after contracting the coronavirus about a week ago.
In another statement on Tuesday morning, the presidency revealed that employment and labour minister Thembelani ‘Thulas’ Nxesi, has been hospitalised to enable better medical attention and monitoring. The presidency said in the statement:
About a week ago, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe (MP) and his wife, Mrs Nolwandle Mantashe tested positive for Covid-19, which necessitated them to self-quarantine.
Today, [20 July 2020] Minister Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the advice of their family doctor for better medical attention and monitoring, whilst Mrs Mantashe will continue to self-quarantine at their home.
We will continue to give the Mantashe family all the support they need during this time. We wish both Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery from this invisible enemy and we are quite confident that they will emerge victorious against the coronavirus.
… The Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thembelani ‘Thulas’ Nxesi (MP), was admitted to hospital last night due to Covid-19. The Minister tested positive for the coronavirus almost a week ago and has, until last night, been in self-quarantine at home.
His admission to the hospital comes on the advice of his medical doctors, in order for him to have access to better medical attention and proper monitoring.
Minister Nxesi is the second member of Cabinet to be admitted to hospital after Minister Gwede Mantashe. We wish both Minister Nxesi and Minister Mantashe well and a speedy recovery.