Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for COVID-19, according to a statement from the Presidency on Sunday evening.
This comes few days after Mabuza attended a high-level meeting with traditional leaders to commemorate World TB Day in a bid to help spread the message on the importance of curbing the spread of the virus.
“Noting the interest of the public in the status of Deputy President Mabuza, the South African National Defence Force and the Office of the Deputy President has resolved that it is in the public interest to assure all South Africans that the Deputy President tested negative for COVID-19,” Presidency said in a statement.
“Mabuza made this call having himself as a precautionary measure, tested on the advice of his physicians for having been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.”
Mabuza has meanwhile urged South Africans to take necessary precautions and adhere to regulations that have been prescribed by government in order to halt the spread of COVID-19.
“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,” said Mabuza.
(Compiled by Charles Molele)