Zuma discharged, resting - presidency

2014-06-09 05:23
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has been discharged from hospital on Sunday evening but will rest for a few days, the presidency said.

"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, aged 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 hospitalised 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 its 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 his second term as president.

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