Zuma given a clean bill of health

President Jacob Zuma. (Reuters)

President Jacob Zuma. (Reuters)

President Jacob Zuma was given a clean bill of health following a routine medical check-up, the presidency said on Monday.

"President Jacob Zuma has completed the third and last part of his annual routine medical check-up at a Durban hospital this morning [Monday]," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"The president also had medical examinations on Monday January 13 and Saturday January 18 2014. President Zuma was given a clean bill of health by his doctors.

Zuma was also given a clean bill of health in March 2013.

?"President Jacob Zuma is not sick and these are routine annual checkups he has been scheduled to undertake for a man of his age," Maharaj said at the time.

Zuma (70) in February apologised during his 2013 State of the Nation address about having flu.

Admitted to a hospital
Although he has the constant use of senior South African National Defence Force medical personnel at his disposal, Maharaj said they were not equipped to deal with the tests the president was undergoing.

"They don't carry x-ray machines and that type of thing with them wherever they go, so the president has been admitted to a hospital to be attended to by a team of specialists," he added. – Sapa, additional reporting by Nickolaus Bauer


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