COVID-19: Gwede Mantashe hospitalised after testing positive

COVID-19: Gwede Mantashe hospitalised after testing positive
Minister Mantashe addressing media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. 20/02/2020, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Gwede Mantashe, the natural resource Minister has been hospitalised after he was tested positive for COVID-19.

This was revealed by the govt on Monday.


However, the minister was admitted to hospital on Monday, while his wife continues to isolate reception .

Government revealed that this was on the recommendation from the general practitioner .

In a statement issued out by Jackson Mthembu, the Minister within the Presidency, it read thus:

“Today, Minister Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the recommendation of their general practitioner for better medical attention and monitoring, whilst Mrs Mantashe will still self-quarantine at their home.”

We will still give the Mantashe family all the support they have during this point . We wish both Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery from this invisible enemy and that we are quite confident that they’re going to emerge victorious against the coronavirus.”

– The Presidency

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Since Mantashe was being diagnosed with COVID-19, he had been completing his duties from home. The diagnosis was made on his third round of tests since the pandemic broke out.

The Minister had urged all members of his private office to urge tested.

The Presidency said on Tuesday that:

“The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring the safety of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond.”

– The Presidency

Mantashe is among variety of state officials to possess tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Others include Thulas Nxesi, Employment and Labour Minister and his Defence counterpart, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who has since recovered.

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