President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of
self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a
dinner he attended on Saturday.
In a statement released by the Presidency on Wednesday morning, President Cyril Ramaphosa wished the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and
speedy recovery, and wished other guests good health.
“On Saturday, 24 October, the President attended a fundraising dinner of the
Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a partner entity of the Cyril Ramaphosa
“The event for 35 guests was held at a Johannesburg hotel where Foundation
guests were the only people hosted by the establishment.
“The event adhered stringently to COVID-19 protocols and directives on
screening, social distancing and the wearing of masks. As was the case with all
guests, the President himself removed his mask only when dining and addressing
The Presidency said the Adopt-a-School Foundation advised dinner guests on Tuesday that a guest had shown symptoms on Sunday and had been tested on
Monday before receiving a positive result yesterday.
“The Foundation became aware of this development and communicated this to guests
yesterday, hours after the President had performed the unveiling of a statue of
liberation icon OR Tambo and the official opening of a new Radisson hotel and
convention centre in Ekurhuleni in the morning.
“The President is screened regularly by the South African Military Health
Service and subjects himself to screening at venues where he participates in
“The President is showing no symptoms at this time and will, in line with
COVID-19 health advice, be tested should symptoms manifest.
“The President will perform his duties remotely and will observe the guidelines
that apply to self-quarantine.”