Twitter users speculate over Zuma's health

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Johannesburg - Speculation over President Jacob Zuma's health was a topic of conversation on Twitter on Tuesday evening after he spent a week resting from an exhausting election programme.

Tuesday's State of the Nation address was the president's first public engagement since

Many Twitter users commented on how Zuma's voice sounded and his physical appearance.

"#SONA2014 As someone who listens to voices very carefully, I can't help but feel Zuma's voice is not as powerful as it normally is," Eyewitness News reporter Stephen Grootes wrote on Twitter.

ENCA's Nickolaus Bauer also commented on Zuma's voice: "#SONA We always read too much into these sort of things... But is it only me that hears the crackle in #Zuma's voice?"

City Press's Carien du Plessis wrote: "Zuma's voice sounds very very tired and even sad, but FF Plus gets him laughing by greeting him in Afrikaans #SONA2014"

Ranjeni Munusamy tweeted: "President Zuma looks noticeably thinner, voice quivering a bit. Not sure he is "frail" though. #SONA2014".

Appearance

On Zuma's appearance others said he looked tired.

?@OmenMchunu wrote: "President #Zuma looks emotionally and physically strained. Sick in actual fact. I wish him a speedy recovery. Maybe it's time to step down."

Another user @sbo_k said: "President Zuma looks tired and worn out nje #sona2014"

"Why sideline Ramaphosa when Zuma doesn't look so well. Preventing public appraisal?," @EazeyO said.

"Zuma doesn't look so good. He looks tired and weak. #StateOfTheNation," said another.

Moneyweb editor Ryk van Niekerk wrote: "Is it only me?… Zuma really looks tired. Not someone that was on “leave” for a week. #SONA"

Zuma was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on 8 June after spending a night there. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the time said that Zuma, 72, went for a routine health check.

Mantashe said the ANC's election campaign had been punishing and all senior members of the party would take time off one after another to "re-energise".

Zuma had taken time off to rest leaving many of his duties in the hands of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

- SAPA
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