The coronavirus pandemic has the whole world in a tailspin, and the number of infections continues to go up. Shared stories or experiences, in times like these, may serve as a form of encouragement or consolation for some. Local celebrities who have publicly shared their stories include estate guru TT Mbha and singer Brian Temba.
Here are some of the lived experiences shared live from isolation chambers.
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Lerato Zah Moloi, actress
Moloi shared a video on her Facebook page on Monday, 6 July, with the caption:
”Stay home please… COVID-19 is a ruthless invisible monster”, and further continued to encourage people to be safe. She has since promised her fans to post more about her experience. “COVID-19 is real… it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through in my life”, said the distressed actress. She concluded in tears, “stay home, put on your masks…save other people’s lives and stay home if you’re not an essential worker”.
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Sthandiwe Msomi-Kgoroge, actress
The creative activist took to Instagram on Saturday, 5 July, which was her ninth day in isolation, to emphasise the severity of the virus, and to inform people of the things that have helped her on her journey to recovery.
“I don’t even have enemies, but if I did, I wouldn’t wish this on them,” she said. The actress continued to share how lonely it has been for her, but mentioned that “this too, shall pass”, before going on to list some of the things that have helped her get through this tough time.
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Mlamli Mangcala, actor
Well-known for his role as Sthembiso on the Mzansi Magic telenovela, The Queen, the actor shared an Instagram live video from his hospital bed about his journey of winning both the battle and the war that is COVID-19. Mangcala, who recently lost his brother due to the virus, praised the government hospital he was admitted to for taking care of him during his recovery process. “This thing needs a lot of psychological and mental strength. I had so many bad dreams… I dreamt about dead people,” said the actor. He shared how he fought both a physical and spiritual war with the virus.
Award-winning rapper, Kiernan Forbes, is one the most recent South African celebrity to share his story on social media. In the statement, which was shared on social media, AKA says he's made his results public in an attempt to create awareness around the virus and caution citizens to be more careful in their daily interactions with others.
Rosie Motene, author
The actress and award-winning author shared her Covid-19 journey on her You Tube channel about her 14 days in isolation and what she went through. In the video, she explains that she was “the aunty that sanitised everything” and took all the protective measures, and yet she still unfortunately contracted the virus.
“[My partner and I] embarked on one of the most scariest journeys of my entire life,” said the Pan African Queer feminist writer. Motene went on to further offer her assistance by opening her DM’s to anyone and everyone that might need help in these trying times.