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Mangosuthu Buthelezi tests positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic

Jeff Wicks Senior reporter
Mangosuthu Buthelezi has tested positive for Covid-19.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi has tested positive for Covid-19.
Image: Esa Alexander

IFP founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic.

According to a statement issued by the Buthelezi family on Saturday, the elderly politician had been in close contact with a carrier of the virus this week and had isolated himself while awaiting test results.

“Earlier this week he [Buthelezi] was informed that he had been in contact with a positive case,” said family spokesperson Bhekuyise Buthelezi.

“He thus took the precautionary measure of being tested, despite displaying no symptoms himself.

“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.”

The family said that the 91-year-old would be in isolation and requested that the media afford him privacy to convalesce.

“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,” Bhekuyise said.


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