World
Ailing Zuma misses first meeting of new cabinetPublish Date: Jun 10, 2014
Ailing Zuma misses first meeting of new cabinet
  • mail
  • img
President Jacob Zuma spent time in hospital over the weekend suffering from exhaustion. FILE PHOTO/AFP
newvision

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who spent time in hospital over the weekend suffering from exhaustion, will miss his new government's first meeting from Tuesday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

"President Zuma will miss the cabinet meeting and continue to rest at home this week," said Ramaphosa, who is standing in for Zuma during his recuperation.

Zuma left hospital late Sunday, the day after he was admitted for routine tests.

The 72-year-old leader checked into hospital on Saturday after officials from his party had asked him on Friday to take a break because "the punishing election programme was taking its toll, not on him only, (but) on many of us," African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe had said earlier.


President Zuma was sworn in for a second term in office last month. PHOTO/AFP

Zuma was sworn in for a second term two weeks ago after his ANC party won the May 7 elections with an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote.

His office said the president has two "major" routine medical examinations each year -- in January and in June.

"This time round, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalised for a thorough check up following a demanding schedule," said the presidency.

Earlier Bongi Ngema-Zuma, one of the president's four wives, had told reporters that he was "doing very well" and "just needed time to rest".

Zuma's office said he had already met with all his new ministers and deputy ministers in May to go over the policy priorities and his expectations of them.

The cabinet talks will continue through Thursday.

AFP


Also related to this story

Zuma sworn in for second term as SA president
   
SA's Zuma dedicates election win to Mandela

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
East Africa boosts anti-Ebola measures
KENYA and Ethiopia, home to some of Africa's largest transport hubs, said Thursday they had boosted measures to combat possible Ebola cases arriving in their countries...
Ebola-hit Sierra Leone declares state of emergency
SIERRA Leone declared a state of emergency on Thursday as countries across the world announced stringent new security measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic...
Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations
Pacific leaders warned Thursday that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change....
Tutu tells world leaders not to forget S. Sudan
South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu urges world leaders not to forget the "ghastly suffering"in South Sudan....
Kerry seeks to revive US-India ties after friction
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday holds his first meetings with India's right-wing government as he seeks to reboot a relationship seen as a bulwark against a rising China....
Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus says he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train....
Should private schools and institutions be given tax exemption?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter