Gwede Mantashe

The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has been admitted to hospital this evening after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mantashe and his wife, Nolwandle both tested positive for the coronavirus on 14 July. It was the minister’s third round of tests conducted since the outbreak of COVID-19. Before being admitted to hospital, Mantashe had been in self isolation and working from home. The minister had directed all members of his private office in government to also test.

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Thus far, five ministers, including two deputy ministers, have tested positive for COVID-19. South Africa has seen a dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Currently, the number of reported cases more than 364 000, the fifth highest in the world. The country has reported 5 033 coronavirus-related deaths and 191 000 recoveries.