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22 Jun 2014 09:30
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
“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.
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