Job Mokgoro the North West Premier, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Similarly, another Member of the Executive Council (MEC) has also tested positive and is self-isolating.
This comes a day after the provinces Cogta MEC Gordon Kegakilwe died of COVID19-related complications.
Kegakilwe died in hospital on Monday afternoon after testing positive for the coronavirus last week. Eight other MECs, who were in contact with Kegakilwe, are reportedly in self-quarantine.
Mokgoro’s Spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi says the Premier is now in self-isolation, after receiving results, confirming that he has tested positive for the virus.
According a statement released by the provincial government, Premier Mokgoro is not incapacitated to carry out his duties as he was only presented with only one symptom -which is cough – although he tested positive.
“The premier will, therefore, continue to discharge his duties albeit remotely and has instructed members of the Premier’s Support Staff who have worked with him closely in the last two weeks to test; while taking the necessary precautions,” reads the statement in part.
Ngesi says the premier is, however, not incapacitated to carry out his duties. The support staff who have worked closely with the Premier have been instructed to take the necessary precautions.
Ngesi says the Premier is currently showing one symptom of coronavirus, which is coughing.
Meanwhile, the MEC for Public Works Saliva Molapisi who has tested positive for coronavirus is also in self-isolation.