The presidency has released a statement confirming that President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for COVID-19. News broke late on Sunday, December 12.
He is receiving treatment for mild symptoms.
According to a statement by the Presidency, Ramaphosa started feeling unwell after leaving the state memorial service in honour of former deputy president FW de Klerk in Cape Town.
“The president is in good spirits but is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force,” said the statement.
“The president, who is fully vaccinated, is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.”
The president last tested negative for the virus on his recent visit to four West African states. Ramaphosa and the delegation returned to South Africa from the Republic of Senegal on Wednesday, December 8. He also tested negative on his return to Johannesburg on December 8.
President Ramaohosa is using his infection as a caution to all South Africans to protect themselves.
Wear a mask, social distance, sanitise and self-isolate if you have been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19.
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) December 12, 2021