Health Minister Zweli Mkhize earlier this morning confirmed the first two deaths in South Africa resulting from Covid-19. File photo: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize earlier this morning confirmed the first two deaths in South Africa resulting from Covid-19. File photo: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Muslim Judicial Council slams fake news linking it to first SA coronavirus death

By Staff Writer Time of article published Mar 27, 2020

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Cape Town – The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) has condemned the message spreading on social media that it has knowledge of the first person who passed away due to a coronavirus-related illness.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize earlier this morning confirmed the first two deaths in South Africa resulting from Covid-19 – o ne at a private hospital and the other at a public hospital in the Western Cape.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said a 28-year-old woman had been admitted to hospital only yesterday and received emergency healthcare. 

She and a 48-year-old woman, who had been in an intensive-care unit, passed away this morning – one at a private and the other at a public hospital. 

Flagging a fake social media message highlighting the fact that the first death in the country had been that of a Muslim, the MJC said in a statement: "The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) hereby states that the social media message claiming that the MJC has knowledge of the first person who passed away from the coronavirus is a fabrication.

"We will report this (sic) messages to the authorities and hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice."

Winde said: "Today, we woke up to the sad news that we, too, have seen our first casualties.  A 28-year-old woman and 48-year-old woman both passed away this morning.

"The 48-year-old woman’s condition worsened while in ICU and she passed away this morning. 

"The 28-year-old was admitted to hospital yesterday and received emergency healthcare. She also passed away this morning. 

"The clinical picture is consistent with COVID-19 but we are awaiting the test results to confirm this. 

"We mourn this loss as a province and as a country. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the deceased. 

"I would like to ask all our residents to join me in a moment of silence at midday today, as we mark the loss, and celebrate their lives."






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