Zuma to attend AU summit

The Department of International Relations says the president is fit, well and able to travel.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says President Jacob Zuma is fit and well and will be leading South Africa's delegation to the African Union (AU) summit in Equatorial Guinea.

The summit is being held in the country's capital Malabo until 27 June.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela says, "The president is well and fit and able to travel to take care of the duties of his office as president of the republic."

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Zuma was suffering from heart disease.

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 African National Congress 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 the State of the Nation Address.