Cholera outbreak death toll rises to 22, Free State records first death

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The death toll from the cholera outbreak has risen to 22.  In a statement the Department of Health says 21 of the deaths have been recorded in Gauteng, while there is one death in Free State.

Free State Department of Health spokesperson Mondli Mvambi says three people recently tested positive for Cholera in Parys and  Vredefort. The death was reported in Vredefort.

Mvambi says a total of eight cholera cases have now been reported in the Free State.

Mvambi has encouraged people to adhere to hygiene measures by boiling water, using a disinfectant when cleaning and washing hands regularly with clean treated water.

“There are now two new cases that tested positive to Cholera from Parys but are still alive and have received appropriate medical care from Parys hospital and discharged home. Unfortunately a 33-year-old female from Vredefort has demised. She was admitted at Parys hospital and passed from there. These three new cases bring the total number of positive cholera cases to eight, if you add the original six cases that we had in Vredefort and discount the person that passed on.”’

Among those who died is a toddler: 

Criminal charges 

Earlier, the Economic Freedom Fighters laid murder charges against the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Cilliers Brink and City Manager Johan Mettler at the Temba Police Station in Hammanskraal.

The party says the City must be held liable for the deaths due to its failure to provide safe drinkable water.