President Cyril Ramaphosa led the South African government delegation to see off the team designated to repatriate South African citizens who are in Wuhan, Hubei in China following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
The team will depart on Tuesday evening at the Oliver Reginald Tambo International airport.
The President was joined by minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and Defence and military veteran Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
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184 South African citizens will be repatriated in Wuhan, originally 150 had indicated that they wanted to be repatriated, but the number kept going up as the number of people infected by the virus increased.
Last week SANDF responded to a rumor that was circulating that trained personnel were refusing to go to Wuhan because they didn’t want to put their lives in danger, they said that rumor was ludicrous.
“Our members are specifically trained for dangerous missions like these,” said SANDF.