Deputy Correctional Services Minister Patekile Holomisa and wife Namhla at Parliament. File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Deputy Correctional Services Minister Patekile Holomisa and wife Namhla at Parliament. File photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Correctional Services deputy minister tests positive for Covid-19

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Jun 13, 2020

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Pretoria - Government has wished Correctional Services Deputy Minister Phathekile Holomisa a speedy recovery after he tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-10) this week.

"Nkosi Holomisa is self-isolating at his residence and taking all the necessary precautions towards a full recovery," Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said in a statement on Saturday.

He was in good spirits and was determined to defeat the virus which had affected thousands of South Africans so far, according to Mthembu. All direct contacts of Holomisa would be traced and would be told to quarantine.

"Government wishes nkosi Holomisa a speedy recovery from the virus. Nkosi Holomisa has our full support and we are looking forward to his full recovery in order for him to continue serving the people of South Africa with great valour and dedication," Mthembu said.

As the world had been grappling with the global Covid-19 pandemic over the past few months, the virus had demonstrated that it did not have "barriers for any section of society and that any person can be infected”, Mthembu said.

Government continued to urge South Africans to take precautions and adhere to preventative measures, such as wearing a face mask, physical distancing, regularly and thoroughly washing one's hands with soap or a sanitiser which contained 70 percent alcohol, avoiding crowded places, and seeking medical attention when displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulties in breathing, he said.

* For the latest on the Covid-19 outbreak, visit IOL's special #Coronavirus page.

** If you think you have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, please call the 24-hour hotline on 0800 029 999 or visit sacoronavirus.co.za 

African News Agency (ANA)

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