David Mahlobo COVID-19

Image via: @DavidMahlobo / Twitter

Deputy minister David Mahlobo tests positive for COVID-19

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo received a positive COVID-19 test result on Thursday 7 January 2021.

David Mahlobo COVID-19

Image via: @DavidMahlobo / Twitter

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has tested positive for COVID-19. He received his results on Thursday 7 January 2021. This was the Deputy Minister’s first test to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus in South Africa in March 2020.


According to Cabinet Spokesperson Phumla Williams, Deputy Minister Mahlobo remains in good spirits and is in self-quarantine at home. 

“All those who have been in contact with him will also self-isolate in their respective homes,” Williams said. 

“As South Africa is currently undergoing the second wave of the pandemic, we wish Deputy Minister Mahlobo as well as the thousands of South Africans who are battling this disease a speedy recovery. We further send our sincerest condolences to those who lost their loved ones to this disease,” added Williams. 

“As President Ramaphosa said during his last address to the nation, “We can and will defeat this pandemic, but only if we each play our part.” It is therefore crucial that we continue to follow all health protocols of regularly washing/sanitising our hands, wearing a mask that covers both nose and mouth and practising physical distancing at all times.”


Roughly three weeks ago — mid-December — National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla John Sitole, learnt that he has tested positive for COVID-19. 

“I have undergone various other tests as well and my doctor is satisfied that it is not necessary for me to be hospitalised, instead he has prescribed certain vitamins and ordered that I immediately self-isolate for at least a period of 10 days,” said Sitole.

On 29 December, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo released a statement saying that Sithole had returned to work with a clean bill of health. 

“He has been completely asymptomatic during his recovery. The National Commissioner is glad that he was able to recover from this devastating virus,” said Naidoo. 


On Wednesday 6 January, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced what he called a “grim milestone”. He said South Africa sadly breached the 20 000 mark for new cases that were identified in 24 hours. 

“21 832 cases have been identified since the last report, bringing the total cumulative COVID-19 cases in South Africa to 1 149 591,” he said. 

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