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Zuma discharged from hospital

The Presidency says Zuma had a routine check up, despite rumours of severe neck pain.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the Presidency maintains President Jacob Zuma simply underwent a routine medical check up.

This despite reports he suffered from a pain in his neck and couldn't finish a speech at the African National Congress (ANC)'s national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Friday.

Zuma was admitted to a Pretoria hospital on Saturday and discharged yesterday evening.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the president has been asked to rest.

"I am not a doctor so I would not know the intricacies of what goes on with that, but expect him to rest more so that by the time we go to the State of the Nation Address (Sona), he has the necessary levels of energy."

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, said via a statement issued this morning, "The President will continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period".

The Presidency's statement added that Zuma undertakes two major medical examinations annually, the first one in January and the second one in June.

In this instance, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalised for a thorough check up following a demanding schedule.

The Presidency also quashed rumours that Zuma had made unscheduled visits to Durban hospitals early this year.

Radebe said, "We thank the public for the messages of support and good wishes that have been received since the news of the hospitalisation of the President was made public".

On Saturday, Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj insisted that Zuma was suffering from exhaustion after a gruelling election campaign.

SONA DATE CHANGED

Maharaj also said that a decision to change the date of the upcoming Sona was simply a scheduling issue.

The president will no longer be addressing the nation on 19 June as previously expected, but rather two days earlier.

Maharaj says changes had to be made to Zuma's diary to accommodate his attendance at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Equatorial Guinea.

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