Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for coronavirus, the Presidency confirmed on Sunday night. Picture: ANA
Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for coronavirus, the Presidency confirmed on Sunday night. Picture: ANA

Deputy President David Mabuza tests negative for coronavirus

By Baldwin Ndaba Time of article published Mar 29, 2020

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Pretoria - Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for coronavirus, the Presidency confirmed on Sunday night.

Mabuza's spokesperson Matshepo Seedat made the disclosure after the army and Mabuza’s office resolved it was in the public interest to assure all South Africans he had tested negative for Covid-19. 

“Deputy President Mabuza this past week on 24 March 2019, which commemorates the World TB Day, in a meeting with traditional leaders called on them and all South Africans to test should they experience symptoms associated with this novel coronavirus. This includes instances where they may have recently travelled to an area with ongoing spread of the virus, or if they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19,” Seedat said. 

She said Mabuza made this call and as a precautionary measure tested on the advice of his physicians after having been in close contact with ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe, who tested positive for Covid-19. 

Seedat said Mabuza  continues to take necessary precautions during this testing time, where the world and our country was doing all that was necessary to flatten the curve as we tackled the pandemic.

She said Mabuza would like to urge South Africans to adhere to the regulations that had been prescribed by health experts as well as lockdown regulations. 

“It is incumbent on all South Africans to stop the spread of this virus and minimise further the disruption this virus has caused to all of us. We must stand united as a nation as we confront this challenge, and are called upon to support all those infected and affected by this pandemic,” Mabuza said. 

Seedat said Mabuza would like to thank South Africans for the care and concern they had conveyed to him and his family. 

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