The South African Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi has been admitted to hospital due to Covid-19.

 

Mr Thulas Nxesi was was admitted to hospital last night due to Covid-19, on the advice of his medical doctors, in order for him to have access to better medical attention and proper monitoring.

According to media reports, Mr Thulas Nxesi tested positive for Covid-19 more than a week ago. He is the second Cabinet minister to be hospitalised after mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the same day.

News24 revealed that:

“His admission to hospital comes on the advice of his medical doctors, in order for him to have access to better medical attention and proper monitoring. Minister Nxesi is the second member of Cabinet to be admitted to hospital after Minister Gwede Mantashe,” Mthembu said in a statement.

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He wished both Nxesi and Mantashe well and a speedy recovery.

Last week, the Presidency said Mantashe and his wife, Nolwandle, tested positive and were in self-isolation. It said the minister would continue working from home.

At the time, government said Mantashe instructed those working in his private office to get tested.

On Monday evening, SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo told News24 its chair and former agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana had also been hospitalised.

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