North West premier tests positive for Covid-19 a day after MEC dies

Provincial public works and roads MEC has also tested positive

07 July 2020 - 18:29 By TimesLIVE
North West premier Job Mokgoro has tested positive for Covid-19. File picture.
North West premier Job Mokgoro has tested positive for Covid-19. File picture.
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

North West premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro has tested positive for Covid-19.

The province's public works and roads MEC Saliva Molapisi has also tested positive.

Confirmation of their test results comes just a day after cooperative governance, human settlement and traditional affairs MEC Gordon Kegakilwe died from a Covid-19 related illness.

Mokgoro and Molapisi are in self-isolation.

"Premier Mokgoro took the Covid-19 test yesterday [Monday] following the passing on of Kegakilwe and he received results today, confirming that he has tested positive for the virus," the provincial government said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

"However, premier Mokgoro is not incapacitated to carry out his duties as he was only presented with only one symptom - which is a cough.

"Although he tested positive, Mokgoro will continue his duties remotely," the statement read - as will Molapisi.

Meanwhile, the provincial government said it would write to President Cyril Ramaphosa to request that he give Kegakilwe’s funeral the status of provincial official funeral category 1.


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