‘I survived 24 weeks of isolation. Persons are more durable than they suppose’

“There have been small issues that saved me sane. My dad introduced me crossword puzzles to maintain my thoughts energetic, and there was a nurse who additionally cherished superheroes and comics and would chat to me,” mentioned Mazibuko.

“What additionally saved me sane was my older brother sometimes coming by with a set of clippers to offer me a haircut and assist me really feel like I’m nonetheless a part of the human race.

“And sure, I used to be tempted to get depressed however I had been by an excessive amount of to simply hand over now. Prayer additionally helped me.”

At one level, the physician mentioned they might should amputate his leg. “I mentioned no — I arrived on this world in a single piece and I intend to go away that approach.”

Mazibuko continues to be working to get his physique match once more, and hopes to begin spreading consciousness about street security at faculties.

However for now, he simply needs to mild the trail for others who’re combating lockdown, and people who have been positioned in quarantine or isolation.

Fanyana Mazibuko, Zwelethu’s father who is thought for his activism as a instructor through the 1976 Soweto rebellion, informed SowetanLIVE sister publication TimesLIVE: “Our son confirmed unimaginable bravery within the face of utmost bodily, psychological and religious ache.”