Jacob Zuma hospitalised for tests after ‘exhaustion’

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa’s President
Jacob Zuma was on Saturday admitted to a
Pretoria hospital for tests following a bout of
exhaustion, his office said.
“Doctors are satisfied with his condition,” his office
said in a statement without giving details.
Zuma’s spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP the
president has been advised to get some rest, but
“there is no cause for concern. It’s a case of
exhaustion.”
The presidency on Friday said Zuma would “take a
few days off from public engagements while
continuing to perform official duties from home”.
He had been “advised to rest following a
demanding election and transition programme to
the new administration,” it added in a separate
statement Saturday.
“It’s been a hectic period and there has been a
need for some rest,” said Maharaj.
Zuma, 72 was sworn in two weeks ago for a
second term after his African National Congress
(ANC) party won the May 7 elections with an
overwhelming 62 percent of the vote.
Zuma was last in hospital in March last year when
he visited three hospitals in one day for his annual
health check-up in Durban.
The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) wished
Zuma a speedy recovery.
“We also await clarity on the condition of the
president and whether the deputy president has
taken over his official duties,” DA parliamentary
leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

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