9 June 2014
President Jacob Zuma was discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on Sunday evening after being booked in on Friday to allow for a thorough check-up following a particularly demanding period in office, the Presidency said on Monday.
“The President will continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period,” Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said in a statement, adding: “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 Thursday, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) also ordered Zuma to rest after his intense election programme.
Radebe said that Zuma regularly underwent two major medical examinations each year, the first one in January and the second one in June.
“This time round, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalised for a thorough check-up following a demanding schedule. The doctors are happy with the results.”
Radebe added that media reports claiming that Zuma had made “unscheduled visits” to hospitals in Durban earlier this year were incorrect. “All visits are booked in advance, and those mentioned [in the media reports] were part of the annual first-semester check-ups.”