By Ramotswedi Rammutla July 10, 2020
Mmabatho: 72 year old North West Premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro who on Tuesday announced that he had tested positive for COVID 19 has since been hospitalised. Mokgoro took the COVID-19 test on Monday, July 6 following the passing of the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mothibi Gordon Kegakilwe. He was hospitalised on Wednesday July 08.
According to his spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi, the premier decided to self- isolate in a medical facility.
“Yes, the Premier is in hospital. But he has not been hospitalised for reasons that have been said, that he is critical. The premier is in good spirits, in good health. He actually decided to go into voluntary quarantine, at a medical facility, due to a number of people that are present and staying at the official residence with him. But also, there was a whole lot of traffic that was starting to build up of people wanting to come in and out of the official residence after hearing that he’s infected with COVID-19. Therefore, he decided to go into voluntary quarantine.”
“They were actually saying I’m probably on the recovery side because I told them that I’ve just been feeling feverish over the past two weeks. No difficulties with coughing; no difficulties about breathing; no sneezing. I’m up and about. Obviously, given the results, I’m listening to my doctors, who will give me instructions from time to time” said Mokgoro earlier in the week.
“I am in charge, nothing is different. We have already been communicating through virtual means and therefore being in quarantine does not come with any unforeseen inconveniences. It means I am out of my house and with doctors who will do few check up’. I can do what I do with great vigours” said the Premier from a hospital in Johannesburg.
ANC North West Interim Provincial Committee Coordinator, Hlomane Chauke, said the party was inquiring from its national leadership what the next step should be.
“Ordinarily we should have appointed an [acting] Premier, but this is different because he’s still capacitated and does his job. We are talking to the party though to find out what must happen because another factor is that Premiers are appointed by the President. We will know in the coming days, there’s no rush because he’s not critical,” said Chauke.