South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma left hospital late Sunday, the day after he was admitted for routine tests following a bout of exhaustion, his office said.
“President Jacob Zuma has been discharged from hospital this evening,” his office announced in a statement late Sunday. And “the doctors are happy with the results.”
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,” ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had earlier said.
Following the discharge from hospital, Zuma will “continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period,” said minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in the statement.
Zuma was sworn in for a second term two weeks ago after his African National Congress (ANC) party won the May 7 elections with an overwhelming 62 per cent of the vote.
His office said the president takes 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 is “doing very well” and “just needed time to rest.”