Breaking :The ANC national chairperson and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has died of Covid-19.
Mantashe was hospitalised on Monday after testing positive for the virus last week.
“This is heartless, inhumane, untrue and insensitive,” said the ANC’s national spokesperson Pule Mabe on Thursday.
Mabe said “malicious” rumours about Mantashe having died from the pandemic were doing the rounds on social media networks.
“To pronounce a person dead while they are still alive is not only insensitive and evil, it also goes against the spirit of ubuntu,” said Mabe.
He also said the ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte had spoken to Mantashe, who said he was recovering well.
On Wednesday a tweet from Mantashe dismissed claims that he was undergoing treatment at a private facility.
Mantashe is one of several ministers who contracted Covid-19 in recent days, with Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi currently in hospital and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula having recently recovered from the virus……To Read more Go Below and click page 2