Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, says the executive is grateful that Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and her husband Charles Nqakula, who is the National Security Advisor to the President, are recovering from COVID-19.
Cabinet says the couple tested positive recently and are still in self-isolation.
Minister Mthembu says they are glad that all the symptoms shown by the Nqakulas have cleared.
Government is pleased to announce that the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (MP) and her husband, Mr Charles Nqakula, who is the National Security Advisor to the President, have recovered from Covid-19. https://t.co/DTuQPJBLWn
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He says they are looking forward to them finishing their 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine period.
“The Minister and Mr Nqakula tested positive recently and are currently still in self-isolation. We are glad that all their symptoms have cleared and we are looking forward to them finishing their 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine.”
Another Minister, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and his wife, Nolwandle, revealed on Tuesday that they tested positive for COVID-19. The couple received their results on the same day.
In a statement from the Minister in the Presidency’s office, this was Mantashe’s third round of tests since the outbreak was first confirmed in South Africa.
They both are in isolation and the Minister will continue to work from home.
“The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring the security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond. The Minister has directed all members of his private office in government to also test,” the statement read.