Zuma doing fine in hospital, says wife

2014-06-09 00:00

THE ANC expects President Jacob Zuma to rest so that he can be full of energy for his State of the Nation Address next week on June 19.

This was the message from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe yesterday in Johannesburg after Zuma was hospitalised on Saturday for tests.

Sister paper City Press yesterday reported that Zuma had on Friday felt so sick at the ANC’s lekgotla in Centurion that he could not finish his speech. He reportedly complained about a pain in the neck.

Neither the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj nor Mantashe wanted to say exactly what ailed the president. Mantashe just said the recent election campaign had been hard on Zuma and several other top ANC leaders.

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

Sapa reports that Zuma’s fourth current wife, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, said he was doing very well.

“He just needed time to rest,” she told reporters at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital where her foundation had given a donation of goods valued at around R100 000 to the hospital’s children’s oncology unit.

Ngema-Zuma is Zuma’s sixth wife by marriage and accompanies him to most functions.

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa completed his speech at the lekgotla and also took over the presidential tasks for the day.

Mantashe said the ANC had asked Zuma to go relax after the tiring election campaign, which had taken its toll not only from the president, but several of the president’s men.

He said it was not only Zuma who was tired, but the whole ANC top leadership, which is why he had also been asked to rest for nine days against his will “so that I don’t fall apart”.

“We have now also done it [ordered rest] with Zuma and will also do it with our other senior ANC officials.”

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