DA wishes Zuma a speedy recovery

By Drum Digital
08 June 2014

The Democratic Alliance has wished President Jacob Zuma a speedy recovery after he was admitted to hospital.

The Democratic Alliance wished President Jacob Zuma a speedy recovery on Saturday after he was admitted to hospital.

"We also await clarity on the condition of the president and whether the deputy president has taken over his official duties," DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said Zuma was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for tests on Saturday.

"We prefer not to disclose the name of the hospital for privacy reasons."

He said Zuma was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration.

"President Jacob Zuma has... been admitted to hospital for tests.

"Doctors are satisfied with his condition," Maharaj said.

Zuma was last in hospital in March last year, for what the presidency said was his annual health check-up.

At the time, Maharaj said Zuma was not ill.

"He is not sick. He is having routine checks."

Zuma visited three Durban hospitals for his annual medical check up.

On Friday, the African National Congress leadership ordered Zuma to take a break following what it called a "gruelling election campaign.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was sent in his place to address National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union's elective congress in Johannesburg on Friday.

"He attended the NEC lekgotla this morning, and was thereafter sent packing to go and rest," he told the congress.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters at the ruling party's lekgotla in Irene, outside Pretoria that the president was exhausted.

He said Zuma was given time to recover before he held a Cabinet lekgotla next week. - Sapa

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