Jacob Zuma will be fit for Sona – Mac Maharaj

2014-06-12 08:21

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President Jacob Zuma will be fit to deliver the state of nation address (Sona) on Tuesday, his spokesperson has said.

“President Zuma is resting and working from home. He is currently busy working on the state of the nation address, which he will deliver next week,” Mac Maharaj said yesterday.

On Tuesday, the presidency said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would stand in for Zuma at Epainette Mbeki’s funeral this weekend and at other events.

Zuma would also not deliver the main speech at the national Youth Day celebration in Kimberley on Monday, as earlier diarised.

“He must maximise the time he has to rest,” Maharaj said.

Ramaphosa would replace Zuma at the June 16 youth celebrations in Kimberley.

“The president will spend June 16 working on the Sona. He requested Parliament to bring forward the Sona date ... to enable him to attend the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on June 25 and 26, the dates that were initially scheduled for the Sona debate.”

Zuma was discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on Sunday after spending a night there.

Zuma was also not attending a three-day Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria that he was initially scheduled to lead from Tuesday.

Ramaphosa was chairing it.

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