Zuma is well, but 'he needs a rest', says Zizi Kodwa


There was no cause for concern about the health of President Jacob Zuma, said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.

President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation address on June 17. (David Harrison, M&G)

President Jacob Zuma will finish his five year term in office despite concerns about his state of health, the Sunday Times reported.

“There is no indication to us that we should worry about the health of the president,” ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was quoted as saying by the paper.

“The president is well but I think he needs a rest.”

According to unnamed sources Zuma’s poor health was caused by a heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure and exhaustion.

Zuma took a 10 day break from his duties, after attending a national executive committee lekgotla earlier this month.

The presidency said Zuma (72) undergoes two major medical examinations
each year, the first in January and the second in June. For the most recent medical examination, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalised for a “thorough check up following a demanding schedule”, the presidency said. - Sapa

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