Zuma 'dodges' the media

Eyewitness News understands that President Jacob Zuma's aides are shielding him from the media.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands President Jacob Zuma's aides are shielding him from the media, which they fear will ask tough questions about Nelson Mandela's health or the ANC's Mangaung conference.

Zuma hosted a meeting with musicians in Pretoria on Wednesday to deliver feedback on concerns they raised with him in 2009, but he will not be addressing the media on Wednesday.

Although President Zuma hosted the meeting, the media was asked to leave the venue before he delivered his opening remarks.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane is expected to brief the media after the event.

Officials have told journalists President Zuma wants to avoid being asked questions about Mandela's health.

The statesman is being treated for a recurrence of a lung infection at the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, after he was admitted on Saturday.

It is understood Zuma also does not want to be door-stopped on issues related to the ANC's national conference in Mangaung, where delegates will vote for their top six leaders.

That conference gets underway on Sunday.

The musicians raised issues related to piracy and the level of local content played on radio stations.