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<p><strong>By Jonk WA Mashamba</strong><br />
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za</p>

<p>BONGANI ‘BONZAWEST’ NGOBENI, 30, of Nkambako village in Nwamitwa, outside Tzaneen, is furious that government spread wrong information about him. Ngobeni’s name made traffic on social media and newspapers when he was alleged to have fl ed Gauteng to Limpopo after testing positive for Corona virus, the claims he vehemently refuted. The Stjwetla dweller was rumored to have infected many others in the informal settlement, prompting the government to do more tests in the area. During the interview with GAT, Ngobeni claimed he tested on the 18th of March and received news he was positive on the 27th of March when he was already in Limpopo. He said he and his ten colleagues were sent by their employer at a private surgery in Alex, to be tested for the Covid-19 virus.</p>

<p>It was widely claimed that Ngobeni used a bus to Limpopo and was arrested at a tavern while drinking with his home boys, suggesting he might have endangered others. But Ngobeni told GAT that he used a bakkie to Limpopo and that he was alone in it. “When I arrived at home, I called my family while I was still at the gate, and informed them of my status. What surprised me was that many people had already knew my status.” He said when the tracer team, accompanied by the police found him, he was at home, and not drinking any beer. “There was a rumor that I was arrested from a tavern while drinking.” He was taken to Modimolle where he spent six days. “Before the doctor tested me, I asked him to allow me to pray and I prayed. When the results came back I was negative.”</p>

<p>Ngobeni believes it was prayer that saved his life. He also believes that the results might have been faked to taint his name, for no apparent reason. On the 06th April, Sowetan wrote a story in which it said Ngobeni was taking legal action against the Limpopo department of Health. However, our efforts to seek clarity from Ngobeni on that drew a blank. According to Sowetan, the department of health spokesperson Neil Shikwambana, the department intends making Ngobeni an ambassador for Covid-19 in the province, particularly on the importance and the benefits of isolation after testing positive. However, Ngobeni told Sowetan he wouldn’t comment, claiming he wasn’t approached by the department.</p>

<p>However, Shikwambana confirmed to GAT that they wanted to make Ngobeni the ambassador for Covid-19. “We have approached Ngobeni and others who have since recovered from the virus in the province for that role. “Unfortunately, Ngobeni declined the offer,” said Shikwambana. For more updates on the Corona virus in South Africa and worldwide, add the official government COVID-19 support service on WhatsApp on 0600 123 456</p>
Covid-19 survivor declines offer to be VIRUS ambassador

By Jonk WA Mashamba
jonkm@greateralextoday.co.za

BONGANI ‘BONZAWEST’ NGOBENI, 30, of Nkambako village in Nwamitwa, outside Tzaneen, is furious that government spread wrong information about him. Ngobeni’s name made traffic on social media and newspapers when he was alleged to have fl ed Gauteng to Limpopo after testing positive for Corona virus, the claims he vehemently refuted. The Stjwetla dweller was rumored to have infected many others in the informal settlement, prompting the government to do more tests in the area. During the interview with GAT, Ngobeni claimed he tested on the 18th of March and received news he was positive on the 27th of March when he was already in Limpopo. He said he and his ten colleagues were sent by their employer at a private surgery in Alex, to be tested for the Covid-19 virus.

It was widely claimed that Ngobeni used a bus to Limpopo and was arrested at a tavern while drinking with his home boys, suggesting he might have endangered others. But Ngobeni told GAT that he used a bakkie to Limpopo and that he was alone in it. “When I arrived at home, I called my family while I was still at the gate, and informed them of my status. What surprised me was that many people had already knew my status.” He said when the tracer team, accompanied by the police found him, he was at home, and not drinking any beer. “There was a rumor that I was arrested from a tavern while drinking.” He was taken to Modimolle where he spent six days. “Before the doctor tested me, I asked him to allow me to pray and I prayed. When the results came back I was negative.”

Ngobeni believes it was prayer that saved his life. He also believes that the results might have been faked to taint his name, for no apparent reason. On the 06th April, Sowetan wrote a story in which it said Ngobeni was taking legal action against the Limpopo department of Health. However, our efforts to seek clarity from Ngobeni on that drew a blank. According to Sowetan, the department of health spokesperson Neil Shikwambana, the department intends making Ngobeni an ambassador for Covid-19 in the province, particularly on the importance and the benefits of isolation after testing positive. However, Ngobeni told Sowetan he wouldn’t comment, claiming he wasn’t approached by the department.

However, Shikwambana confirmed to GAT that they wanted to make Ngobeni the ambassador for Covid-19. “We have approached Ngobeni and others who have since recovered from the virus in the province for that role. “Unfortunately, Ngobeni declined the offer,” said Shikwambana. For more updates on the Corona virus in South Africa and worldwide, add the official government COVID-19 support service on WhatsApp on 0600 123 456

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