WATCH | Mangosuthu Buthelezi using time in isolation to catch up on reading - and sing hymns

Covid-positive Mangosuthu Buthelezi is in high spirits, resting and catching up on reading during self-isolation. A video showing him singing a hymn was posted on social media.
Covid-positive Mangosuthu Buthelezi is in high spirits, resting and catching up on reading during self-isolation. A video showing him singing a hymn was posted on social media.
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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi remains asymptomatic and is using his time in self-isolation to catch up on reading and rest.

Four days after receiving a Covid-19 positive result, IFP founder and former leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi is in good spirits, family spokesperson Bhekuyise Buthelezi told TimesLIVE on Wednesday.

The 91-year-old went for a Covid-19 test after being notified that he had come into contact with a confirmed positive case and he received his results on Saturday.

โ€œHe is doing quite well, we are satisfied with his progress. He is relaxing but he is also spending this time to read because he loves reading,โ€ said Bhekuyise.

On Sunday Buthelezi appeared in videos posted on social media where he used his humour to assure South Africans that he is well, even singing a church hymn.

โ€œThe videos of him were just a way to show people that he is well. He likes joking so he was joking there as well, but most importantly to also show that there may be a virus in his system but he is not sick,โ€ said Bhekuyise.

He added that the IFP founder was being monitoring for Covid-19 symptoms twice a day.

Bhekuyise thanked South Africans for their well-wishes.

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