President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the viral infection today, Sunday, 12 December 2021.
The President started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honour of former Deputy President FW de Klerk in Cape Town earlier on Sunday.
Ramaphosa is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service of the South African National Defence Force.
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.
President Ramaphosa and the South African delegation were tested for COVID-19 in all countries. They 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.
President Ramaphosa said his infection serves as a caution to all people in the country to be vaccinated and remain vigilant against exposure.”Vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.”