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Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, was admitted to the hospital after he along with his wife, Nolwandle, shockingly testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.

South Africa has over 360,000 positive cases since the month of March, and is currently the country with the fifth most highest Covid-19 cases in the world.

Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams stated that after minister tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, 14 July, Mantashe was admitted to the hospital on Monday, 20 July.

“Minister Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the advice of their family doctor for better medical attention and monitoring, whilst Mrs Mantashe will continue to self-quarantine at their home,” said Williams.

“We will continue to give the Mantashe family all the support they need during this time. We wish both Minister and Mrs Mantashe a speedy recovery from this invisible enemy and we are quite confident that they will emerge victorious against the coronavirus,” she said.

An increase of positive Covid-19 cases has been seen in the Ministers cabinet the past few weeks.

Other cabinet members include Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi and Defence Minister Nokuviwa Maphisa-Nqakula, as well as Deputy Minister for Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister for Justice and Correctional Services, Patekile Holomisa.

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