Zuma backs out of New Age briefing

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Johanneburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will take President Jacob Zuma's place at a New Age breakfast briefing in Cape Town on Wednesday, according to an advertisement in the newspaper.

“... Ramaphosa (will) discuss the highlights of the State of the Nation Address and how it impacts the future of the people of South Africa,” the front page advertisement in Friday's edition reads.

According to an advert in the newspaper on Thursday, Zuma would conduct the briefing.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj confirmed to Sapa Ramaphosa would take his place.

Ramaphosa is also standing in for Zuma at Epainette Mbeki's funeral on Saturday to deliver the eulogy, and at the June 16 Youth Day event in Kimberley on Monday.

Epainette Mbeki, former president Thabo Mbeki's mother, died aged 98 on Saturday.

Zuma was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Sunday after spending a night there. African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at the weekend that Zuma, 72, went for a routine health check.

Mantashe said the ANC's election campaign had been punishing and all senior members of the party would take time off one after another to “re-energise”.

Maharaj on Tuesday said Zuma was still resting and no time limit had been set on how long this would be for.

Zuma also did not attend a three-day Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria, which Ramaphosa chaired.


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