Fransman tests positive for COVID-19

Former African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). In a Facebook post, Fransman says he hasn’t been feeling well since his return from abroad two weeks ago.

He says he decided to do a test last week Monday in line with health protocols. Fransman says after waiting for a week for his results, they came back positive for the virus.

He says he is currently hospitalized but doing fine. Fransman has appealed to South Africans to practice good hygiene and adhere to the lockdown regulations.

Withdrawal of Sexual Assault Charges

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that a mediation agreement led to the withdrawal of sexual assault and crimen injuria charges against Fransman.

Fransman’s former personal assistant Louisa Wynand had accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were on their way to the ANC’s January eighth celebrations at Rustenburg in the North West in 2016.

Steve Swart recovering

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart, who together with party leader Kenneth Meshoe tested positive for COVID -19, says he is recovering well at home after the diagnosis.

The pair tested positive after coming into contact with five foreigners at a religious event in the Free State earlier this month. They’ve been in self-isolation for 17 days.

Swart says the flu-like symptoms he had have cleared.

The death toll from the coronavirus in South Africa now stands at five after two more deaths were reported on Tuesday.  The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1353.

For more updates on the coronavirus in South Africa and worldwide, add the official government COVID-19 support service on WhatsApp on 0600 123 456.

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