Article by Lindiwe Karosa
General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), Zwelinzima Vavi has now been admitted to hospital after announcing on Thursday that he tested positive for Covid-19.
The leader tweeted a video of himself in his home yesterday, and stated that his chest and lungs felt heavy and will therefore be admitted so that his doctors may assess his health and monitor his vitals. Vavi also shared that everyone in his family except his seven-year old twin son had tested negative for the virus.
Admitted for hospitalization! Doctors just want to ensure! Thanks again! pic.twitter.com/DFijSsfPCW
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) April 5, 2020
Irvin Jim, who has worked quite closely with Vavi in the progression of trade unions in our country, also went to twitter to share these news with fellow South Africans. Many people responded with well wishes for the leader and promised to keep him in their prayers.
Comrades,friends in the recent past all of us had to contend, in NUMSA, SAFTU, SRWP, UF with sad news that one of our own leader Zv tested positive with this notorious global epidemic covert 19,He is admitted we wish him victory and his family against these notorious virus.
— Irvin Jim (@IrvinJimSA) April 5, 2020
Despite the symptoms that may be affecting the leader, he has maintained a positive outlook and reiterated that he will fight this pandemic. He continued to encourage South Africans to remain strong & optimistic whilst he also thanked them for their encouraging messages.
Zwelinzima also shared a video of himself on Saturday in what appeared to be a steam room. He expressed his determination and enthusiasm in conquering coronavirus, and went as far as saying “It’s going to be defeated. It’s going to be chased out of this body.”