Minister Nxesi tests COVID-19 positive


The Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thembelani Thulas Nxesi (MP) has tested positive for Covid-19. The Minister received his results earlier today, 17 July 2020.

This was the Minister’s 4th round of tests to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus, and the first to return positive.

Minister Nxesi is in self-isolation and will continue to work from home. All members of the office of the Minister, who have come in contact with him will also undergo testing.


The Minister remains in high spirits and confident that he will beat the virus.

“Minister Nxesi is the fifth member of the Executive to contract the coronavirus, following Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister Mantashe, Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu and Deputy Minister Nkosi Holomisa.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula and Deputy Minister Holomisa have since recovered and we wish our other colleagues, including Minister Nxesi, a speedy recovery,” said government spokesperson, Phumla Williams.

“We once again extend our well wishes to all persons currently battling with the virus a speedy recovery. In the same vain, we extend our sincere condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid-19,” said government in a statement.


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