The African National Congress (ANC) has wished President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for Covid-19 and has mild symptoms, a “speedy recovery”.
The ANC on Monday said: “We wish President Ramaphosa a speedy recovery as he continues to execute his responsibilities from home”.
The ANC said Ramaphosa’s “courage and resolve” to beat the pandemic should “inspire all of us” to stand together to tackle Covid-19.
Ramaphosa tested Covid-19 positive on Sunday. The 69-year-old president started feeling unwell after he delivered the Eulogy at the official memorial of the former president, FW de Klerk.
The Presidency said Ramaphosa, who is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, was in isolation.
“We also wish many other South Africans who are battling with Covid-19 well. We must continue to defend each other and protect one another,” said ANC National Spokesperson Pule Mabe.
“We ask all South Africans to show compassion and solidarity with those who are infected and to offer support to all families who have lost their loved ones due to Covid-19.”
South Africans can take comfort that the First Lady Tshepo Motsepe is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in public health, besides the president is receiving excellent treatment from his medical team.
On Sunday the Presidency said Ramaphosa was in “good spirits” but was being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force.
“Let’s all comply with government regulations which are intended to save lives. All the measures that are being undertaken to fight Covid-19 should be embraced by all of us,” said Pule
“We urge all South Africans to heed the call by our government to be vaccinated. It is only through mass vaccination that we will be able to achieve herd immunity and ultimately protect livelihoods.
“We must continue to wear our face masks, practice good hygiene, observe social distancing and limit our movements in line with the regulations. In this way we will successfully reduce and ultimately eliminate community transmissions.”