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Zuma's health in the spotlight

It's been reported a heart condition is one of the causes of the president's recent hospitalisation.

President Jacob Zuma in Parliament on 19 June 2014. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being asked about President Jacob Zuma's health following weekend reports that a heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure and exhaustion are apparently the cause of his recent hospitalisation.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that a number of ANC insiders had disclosed details on the president's struggling health.

However, the president's state of health has been downplayed by the ruling party who has insisted he is suffering from exhaustion.

Earlier this month, the ANC said Zuma was admitted to hospital to undergo 'routine tests' and announced he would take some time off after a gruelling election campaign schedule.

The president spent a weekend in hospital and was told to rest and work from home.

Around a week later, a visibly-exhausted Zuma battled to walk up the stairs of Parliament at last week's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

Despite this, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the party is confident that Zuma will serve his five-year term as the country's leader.