ANC has denied rumours that the party national chairperson and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has died of Covid-19.
This follows Mantashe’s hospitalisation on Monday after testing positive for the virus last week.
ANC’s national spokesperson Pule Mabe on Thursday said, “This is heartless, inhumane, untrue and insensitive.”
Mabe said “malicious” rumours about Mantashe having died from the pandemic were doing the rounds on social media networks.
“To pronounce a person dead while they are still alive is not only insensitive and evil, it also goes against the spirit of ubuntu,” said Mabe.
He also said the ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte had spoken to Mantashe, who said he was recovering well.
On Wednesday a tweet from Mantashe dismissed claims that he was undergoing treatment at a private facility.
According to Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams, Mantashe was admitted to hospital on the advice of their family doctor for “better medical attention and monitoring, while 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,” said Williams in a statement.
Mantashe is one of several ministers who contracted Covid-19 in recent days, with Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi currently in hospital and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula having recently recovered from the virus.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his Western Cape counterpart Alan Winde also contracted the virus, while North West Premier Job Mokgoro is all clear and has returned home after seeking treatment at a healthcare facility in Gauteng.