Growing number of SA celebs share Covid-19 diagnosis to encourage others to stay safe

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Leandie du Randt.
Leandie du Randt.
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  • Leandie du Randt, Jenny Morris and Lieb Bester join the growing list of South African celebrities who have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Lieb Bester has been hospitalised for a second time after testing positive for Covid-19 on 24 June.
  • "It has been a painful and scary journey towards recovery," said SABC News TV anchor Chriselda Lewis, following her diagnosis.

Actor Leandie du Randt, TV chef Jenny Morris and social media law expert Emma Sadleir are among the growing number of South African celebrities who have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Celebrities have been using their platform to break the Covid-19 stigma and encourage their followers to stay safe, by speaking out about their diagnosis and recovery.  

Actor Lieb Bester, 72, known for his roles in the TV soaps Villa Rosa and Binnelanders, and who is one of the presenters on Met 'n Huppel in die Stap on kykNET (DStv 144), is back in hospital after he was hospitalised on 24 June for Covid-19.

The Pretoria Rekord reports that the family of Lieb said that his kidneys are only functioning at 26% because of Covid-19. Lieb's wife, Annatjie, and his brother André both tested positive for Covid-19. 

The well-known Cape Town TV chef Jenny Morris of The Food Network (DStv 175) and Expresso on SABC3, and her husband David, were admitted to Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. 

"We have been hospitalised. I'm in Covid ward at Christiaan Barnard hospital with the best doctors. My husband in ICU. He needs oxygen. Thank you for your prayers for our recovery," Jenny wrote on Instagram on 30 June.

South African social media law expert Emma Sadleir on Twitter shared that she has been hospitalised because of Covid-19.

"I'm in hospital with Covid pneumonia. Feeling indescribably lucky to have got a bed. Thinking of all the people who are feeling so sick and don't have access to the same resources. Also - both my parents have recovered despite mega-comorbidities. Viva vaccines, viva!" she tweeted. 

Leandie du Randt, the presenter of the 6th season of Slank on kykNET, and who also fronted M-Net's (DStv 101) Love Island South Africa, earlier this year, is also battling Covid-19 and warned: "Covid is real."

In an Instagram post, she said: "I am now also Covid positive but I am really fine guys, just want to say please be safe and careful in these times. Covid is real. My heart goes out to so many loved ones who have been badly hit by this terrible virus. Grateful for my amazing doctor helping me through this."

The SABC News (DStv 404) TV anchor Chriselda Lewis on Wednesday revealed that she has also been battling Covid-19. "Late last month I had tested positive for Covid-19. It has been a painful and scary journey towards recovery," she said on Twitter.

She said: "I will be away for a few more days to regain strength and provide emotional and logistical support to others who are nearing the end of their isolation period."

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