- Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has tested positive for Covid-19 according to a statement issued by his family
- Despite the situation, the 91-year-old IFP leader remains in good spirits in self-isolation
- The family says they are optimistic that the veteran politician will make a full recovery
The family of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has confirmed that the elderly IFP leader has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement issued by the family to confirm the health status of the veteran politician, it was revealed that he had come into contact with a positive case:
"Earlier this week he was informed that he had been in contact with a positive case, and thus he took the precautionary measure of being tested, despite displaying no symptoms himself. As required, he is now self-isolating at home for the mandatory period."
Despite the 91-year-old's condition, his family says Buthelezi remains in good spirits:
"At this point, we are pleased to say that he remains asymptomatic and is in good spirits. As a family we have put in place a capable team to keep watch over the situation."
Dr Bhakuyise Buthelezi, speaking on behalf of the family, promised to keep South Africa updated on the situation commenting that:
"Please rest assured that we will keep you informed of his progress and will advise when he is back in office. During this period of self-isolation, members of the media are kindly requested to respect our space. We are aware that many families have journeyed this road of infection and the overwhelming majority have emerged to full recovery. We, therefore, thank you for your prayers as we await a good outcome."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that King Goodwill Zwelithini's brother Prince Mandla Zulu has passed away at the age of 45.
President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the first to send his condolences to the king, the royal household and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
"My heart goes out to His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and the royal household at the passing of an outstanding leader and community builder at such a youthful age; a passing that compounds the grief already experienced by the royal family in recent weeks."
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