COVID-19: Gwede Mantashe hospitalised after testing positive


Minister Mantashe addressing media briefing at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. 20/02/2020, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Gwede Mantashe, the Mineral Resources Minister has been hospitalised after he was tested positive for COVID-19.

This was revealed by the Government on Monday.


However, the minister was admitted to hospital on Monday, while his wife continues to isolate at home.

Government revealed that this was on the advice from the family doctor.

In a statement issued out by Jackson Mthembu, the Minister in the Presidency, it read thus:

Today, 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.” 

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.”

The Presidency


Since Mantashe was being diagnosed with COVID-19, he had been carrying out his duties from home. The diagnosis was made on his third round of tests since the pandemic broke out.

The Minister had urged all members of his private office to get tested.

The Presidency said on Tuesday that:

“The Minister remains committed to a course of ensuring the security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond.” 

– The Presidency

Mantashe is among a number of government officials to have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Others include Thulas Nxesi, Employment and Labour Minister and his Defence counterpart, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who has since recovered.

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