South African president in hospital for tests

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African President Jacob Zuma was admitted to a hospital for tests on Saturday, and doctors are satisfied with his condition, his office said.

The announcement came two weeks after Zuma was inaugurated for a second five-year term following the election victory last month of the ruling African National Congress party.

"Yesterday President Zuma was advised to rest following a demanding election and transition program to the new administration," his office said in a statement.

No further details were given.

In a separate statement on Friday, Zuma's office said the president would take a few days off from public engagements while continuing to perform official duties from home.

South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, wished Zuma a quick recovery.

"We also await clarity on the condition of the President and whether the Deputy President has taken over his official duties," the party said in a statement.

South Africa's new deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said late last month that he was disinvesting from a major investment group that he founded to avoid any conflict of interest with his political position. Ramaphosa was a union leader during white rule, which ended in 1994 with the country's first all-race elections.

Zuma, a former anti-apartheid activist, was inaugurated May 24 in a ceremony marked by dance, prayer, a 21-gun salute and air force flyovers. In a speech, he said South Africa was a better place to live in than it was in 1994 but that poverty, unemployment and other problems persist.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading