- Veteran politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi has expressed that he is doing okay despite testing positive for Covid-19
- The former IFP leader remains asymptomatic while in self-isolation at his home
- Buthelezi tested positive after coming into contact with someone who has the virus last week
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Former Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is in good spirits after testing positive for Covid-19.
Buthelezi, who is currently in self-isolation, says he is still asymptomatic despite having the virus. The veteran politician tested positive after coming into contact with a positive case last week, his family said in a statement released on 8 August.
"At this point, we're 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."
Buthelezi told SABC News that he is in a healthy condition. He said he is grateful to the people who have sent him messages wishing him a speedy recovery.
"I didn’t feel any pain anywhere; I have no sign even now. I’m in good fettle, I’m in perfect fettle so therefore I am abiding by the rules, doctors said I must isolate. Otherwise, I am in good fettle. I would like to thank your majesty the King, he’s been very concerned about me. He has even sent some things which he thought could help me. Even other people have done so. I am very grateful."
Buthelezi expressed that he had tested five times previously but that all the tests came back negative.
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma took to social media to throw shade, possibly at President Cyril Ramaphosa or the ANC-led government.
Zuma implied that the country is a mess after the ANC has recently been accused of misusing the R500 billion Covid-19 relief fund. The Special Investigating Unit has confirmed that it will be heading an inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption relating to the fund.
Zuma used a Zulu proverb to describe a person who is eloquent but never achieves anything. He resigned as the country's president in February 2018 after intense pressure from his own party. Zuma was pressured to step down before the end of his full term in mid-2019 amid corruption allegations.
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