South Africa President Jacob Zuma “suspected of COVID”

South African President Jacob Zuma has tested positive for the substance COVID (cough suppressant), local media reported. South African President Jacob Zuma has tested positive for the substance COVID (cough suppressant), local media reported…

South Africa President Jacob Zuma "suspected of COVID"

South African President Jacob Zuma has tested positive for the substance COVID (cough suppressant), local media reported.

South African President Jacob Zuma has tested positive for the substance COVID (cough suppressant), local media reported on Friday.

The South African presidency denied reports that it had made the announcement “out of politeness”.

The President’s office said he would remain in hospital overnight for further observation and medical tests.

Media reports suggested he was suffering from a health complication.

A government statement issued late on Friday said that Zuma was “surrounded by his family, close advisors and senior members of government”, and was receiving well-wishes at his home in Johannesburg.

“President Zuma … is the sole owner of this health-related matter and, out of politeness, the President will not comment further.”

A tweet by the presidency later clarified that the statement in which he was referred to “was released by his spokesperson”.

South Africa’s Broadcasting Corporation also confirmed that it had received an alert about the President’s health from the presidency.

Zuma, 75, is due to be sworn in for a fifth five-year term as president of South Africa on 20 January.

Since his 2007 election, Zuma has faced repeated allegations of corruption that have rocked the ruling African National Congress.

He denies any wrongdoing.

Zuma is the longest-serving president in the country’s post-apartheid history.

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