Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Presidency has announced that Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild Covid-19 symptoms.
“The President started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honour of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier on Sunday,” said Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele.
“The President is in good spirits but is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force,” he said.
The President is fully vaccinated and will remain in self-isolation in Cape Town.
Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to take over all the president’s responsibilities fort eh next week.
Gungubele said on his recent visit to four West African countries, President Ramaphosa and the South African delegation were tested for Covid-29 in all countries.
Ramaphosa and the delegation returned to South Africa from Senegal on Wednesday last week, after receiving negative test results.
The President is also said to have tested negative on his return to Johannesburg on December 8.
“Sunday’s proceedings in Cape Town were undertaken in compliance with health regulations pertaining to hand hygiene, the wearing of face masks and social distancing,” said the Minister.