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Zuma discharged from hospital

Johannesburg -

President Jacob Zuma was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening but will rest for a few days, the Presidency said.

President Jacob Zuma. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“The president will continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said in a statement.

“We thank the public for the messages of support and good wishes that have been received since the news of the hospitalisation of the president was made public.”

The Presidency said that Zuma, 72, undergoes two major medical examinations per annum, the first one in January and the second in June.

For these medical examinations, the doctors felt he needed to be admitted to hospital for a “thorough check-up following a demanding schedule”, the Presidency said.

“The doctors are happy with the results. Earlier media reports that the president had made certain 'unscheduled visits' to Durban hospitals early this year are incorrect,” the Presidency said.

“All visits are booked in advance and those mentioned were part of the annual first semester check-ups.”

Zuma was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday with instructions to rest following a demanding election and transition to a new administration, the Presidency said at the time.

On Friday, the leadership of the African National Congress ordered Zuma to take a break.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC’s election campaign was gruelling and Zuma needed a rest.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe echoed similar sentiments at a meeting in Irene, saying Zuma was exhausted.

It is Zuma’s second term as president. - Sapa

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