Elderly pastor dies after contracting coronavirus at Bloem church gathering

2020-03-31 18:31
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The third confirmed Covid-19 death in South Africa is an elderly pastor who was at a church gathering in Bloemfontein which was attended by five international guests who later tested positive for the coronavirus, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize revealed in a briefing on Tuesday.

The Free State Department of Health's spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, confirmed, after consultation with his family, his identity.

John Hlangeni, 85, died at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein on Monday.

"Hlangeni succumbed while being treated at our health facility. As it is, as has been explained before, the effects of Covid-19 are more severe in older persons and also to those who have underlying health issues," said Mvambi. 

Health MEC Montseng Tsiu has sent her condolences to the Hlangeni family, relatives and the Global Reconciliation Church in which Hlangeni served.

"My condolences and I wish strength to the family and everyone associated with Ntate Hlangeni who is revered for having planted many churches in his lifetime. We wish his loved ones strength and courage during these trying times," said Tsiu.

Hlangeni's funeral arrangements will be announced soon. 

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The leader of the ACDP, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, the party's chief whip, Steve Swart, and evangelist Angus Buchan all tested positive after attending the event hosted by the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein this month.

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