FILE - This undated file photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC's laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored the federal government Thursday, March 5, 2020, to send more coronavirus test kits as the city confirmed two more COVID-19 cases, both in hospitalized patients with no known travel history or personal connections linking them to the virus. (CDC via AP, File)

All members of parliament to be tested for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease as parliament reopens.

The decision to test all legislators was revealed after one legislator, Themba Mliswa raised the issue and threatened to take legal action if legislators are not tested because they risk spreading the disease. Mliswa reportedly said:

…What I am to say also is that we must not go to the next extent of taking each other to court and it is not a threat. I am prepared to go court when MPs are not tested because I must safeguard myself and my family. I want to know the action that you will take from tomorrow if you do not do that, I am going to make an urgent High Court application so Parliament will stop sitting until everyone has been tested because cases are increasing,

Responding to the Mliswa, Deputy Speaker Tsitsi Gezi said:

The point that you raised that Honourable members of Parliament must be tested is a valid point. I am being informed that everything is in the pipeline and appropriate measures are being taken. There was a meeting to look at how we conduct business in parliament, particularly pertaining to Covid-19. So your concerns have been noted

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