Covid’s long SA celebrity list

Sizwe Sibiya

The governors of two of South Africa’s Covid-19 epicentres have now tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Western Cape Premier Allan Winde are the latest in a string of high-profile people who have tested positive in recent months.

They include:

  • Rapper AKA, who announced today he has tested positive
  • North West Premier Job Makgoro tested positive on Tuesday, and immediately booked himself a hospital bed to quarantine
  • African Christian Democratic Party ACDP leader Rev. Kenneth Meshoe was among the first to test positive in March, along with another ACDP Member of Parliament Steve Swart
  • South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was hospitalised after testing positive in April and recently announced his sister died of Covid-19 last month
  • Former ANC Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman confirmed he tested positive for Covid-19 on his Facebook account in March
  • Singer and actor Brian Themba announced he tested positive late June on social media
  • Media personality Zola Hashatsi revealed on his Instagram account that he has tested positive and is still in self-isolation
  • Reality TV star and businessman TT Mbha has recovered, while former Generations actress Rosie Motene is in self isolation after her partner tested positive
  • Actor Mlamli Mangcala who plays Captain Sthembiso Radebe on the well-known TV drama The Queen confirmed he tested positive at the beginning of July on his Instagram account
  • Portugal-based soccer player Sphephelo Sithole tested positive in March
  • Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane tested positive in March
  • SA golfer Victor Lange tested positive after his trip to Mexico, PGA Tour Latinoamerica circuit in March
  • Fellow golfer Dylan Frittelli tested positive while playing at the US PGA Workday Charity Open which is ongoing in Ohio, USA
  • SA Rugby Team Cheetahs announced on 6 July that one of its players had tested positive
  • Two Kaizer Chiefs Players tested positive in mid-June after the team decided to test all its players and management

The lives of many famous South Africans have also been claimed by the virus, including:

  • Businessman and publicist Pheko Kgekgoe died of Covid-19 on 30 June at the age of 35
  • Covid-19 claimed the life of the ANC KZN Spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu on 8 July, after he spent three weeks in hospital
  • AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile will be buried on Sunday after succumbing to a Covid-19 related illness at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London (please see our report on the late monarch yesterday)
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