Zuma will be fit for State of the Nation - Maharaj

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will be fit to deliver the State of the Nation address on Tuesday, his spokesperson 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 on Wednesday.

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

Zuma would also not deliver the main address 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 16 June youth celebrations in Kimberley.

"The president will spend 16 June 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 25-26 June, the dates that were initially scheduled for the Sona debate."

The State of the Nation debate was moved to 18 June and 19 June.

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

African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at the weekend 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 was also not attending a three-day Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria he was initially scheduled to lead from Tuesday.

Ramaphosa was chairing it.

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