South African president at home after health tests

South African officials say President Jacob Zuma is missing a three-day Cabinet meeting this week while resting after hospital tests.

Johannesburg: South African officials say President Jacob Zuma is missing a three-day Cabinet meeting this week while resting after hospital tests.

The South African Press Association today quoted presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj as saying Zuma will not give a planned speech next Monday, a national holiday. Maharaj says the 72-year-old must maximise his rest time and is working from home.

Maharaj says no time limit has been set on Zuma`s break.

The president`s office previously said he was discharged from a hospital on Sunday after a weekend checkup following a demanding schedule.

Last month, Zuma was inaugurated for a second five-year term after the election victory of the ruling African National Congress party, which has dominated politics since the end of white rule in 1994.

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