Johannesburg -

Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi on Sunday wished President Jacob Zuma a speedy recovery following his visit to hospital.

“On behalf of my family.... I wish President Zuma some speedy recuperation from exhaustion which emanated from (the) gruelling election campaign,” said Msibi, who is also the leader of the National Freedom Party, in a statement.

“We know that it is not a major ailment...We know that the president loves his work as head of state...we wish him that speedy recuperation which results in his invigoration and vivaciousness and necessary strength to enable him to vigorously continue with his calling.”

Earlier, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party's election campaign had taken a toll on all its members, not only Zuma.

“The election programme took its toll on many of us....I also took nine days off,” he said.

Mantashe explained that one by one ANC members were taking time off to re-energise.

On Friday, the national executive committee of the ANC instructed Zuma to take a few days off to rest.

On Saturday, he was admitted to a Pretoria hospital.

Mantashe said the hospital visit was for a routine check-up.

“It was a routine health check. We heard he would be out by yesterday (Saturday) afternoon or today,” he said.

“We expect him to rest more. This election campaign was quite a punishing one. It was punishing for everyone.” - Sapa