Deputy Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Deputy Minister of the Police Mr Cassel Mathale has on Wednesday, 30 December 2020, tested positive for COVID-19. The Deputy Minister is currently asymptomatic and is self-isolating. Mr Mathale is one of 21 294 employees of the South African Police Service who have been infected with the Corona virus.
Unfortunately, 336 members of the service have lost their lives to the virus while 337 are recovering in hospital.
Western Cape Province has recorded the highest infections at 3 587
Gauteng 3 436
Eastern Cape 2 968
KwaZulu-Natal 2 632
Free State 1 285
Northern Cape 941
North West 856
The Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces have recorded the lowest infections at 724 and 595 respectively.
Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele has wished Deputy Minister Mathale and all the members of the SAPS a speedy recovery. “I’m also sending the deepest condolences to all the members in blue who have succumbed to this killer virus, I hope these infections and deaths don’t deter the remainder of the police service in forging ahead with the job at hand. However, I remain encouraged that 19, 618 of us have recovered from COVID-19” Cele concluded.

Source: South African Police Service