South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for COVID 19.
The Presidency has just issued a statement confirming it
The President was attending the State Memorial Service of last apartheid-era president FW de Klerk earlier today where he delivered the eulogy.
The President started feeling unwell after leaving the service.
The President and the delegation returned to South Africa from the Republic of Senegal on Wednesday, 8 December 2021, after obtaining negative test results.
The President also tested negative on his return to Johannesburg on 8 December.
“The President is in good spirits but is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force.”The Presidency says.
The statement also says that the President, who is fully vaccinated, is in self-isolation in Cape Town and has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week.
Deputy president David Mabuza would be taking over “all responsibilities” for the next week, according to a statement issued shortly after 10pm.
“The president started feeling unwell after leaving the state memorial service in honour of former deputy president FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier today [Sunday]. Today’s proceedings in Cape Town were undertaken in compliance with health regulations pertaining to hand hygiene, the wearing of face masks and social distancing.
President Ramaphosa says his own infection serves as a caution to all people in the country to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure.