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Mangosuthu Buthelezi tests positive for Covid-19 for the second time

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), was diagnosed with Covid-19 for the second time on Monday.

Despite the diagnosis, the 93-year-old is said to be in high spirits, according to Bhekuyise Buthelezi, a representative for the family, who verified that the politician is self-isolating and will remain so for the specified duration.

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Buthelezi suffered coronavirus in August of last year before fully recovering in time for the November municipal elections, with his party emerging as a significant force in KwaZulu-Natal.

"We are pleased to report that [Buthelezi] continues to be asymptomatic and in excellent spirits. However, he regrets not being able to attend the installation ceremony of Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe as the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) "Bhekuyise stated.

"We find comfort in knowing that he received the vaccine twice and a close eye will be kept on him by a dedicated team. The media are asked to respect our privacy during time in self-isolation."

South Africans offer well wishes

South Africans wished the veteran politician a speedy recovery on social media as he fights to overcome the illness once more. Take a look at some of the messages that have been sent.

@Mzima_Lumkile wrote:

"Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi at 199 years old beat Covid-19 2 times and you are 23 and you are scared of it, gerrara here."

@MkhulekoHlengwa said:

"Wishing My Mentor Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi a speedy recovery following testing #Covid19 Positive as announced by his family."

@ZikhaliMavin added:

"Get well Soon Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Zulu nation is with you in prayers."

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