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South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital

The South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for a scheduled procedure to remove gallstones, the Presidency said.

South African President Jacob Zuma admitted to hospital. Credit: PA

A statement from Zuma's office said."The galllstones were discovered about two months ago during a routine medical check-up. The president's work programme did not allow for the procedure to be undertaken earlier,"

He was expected to be discharged on Sunday.


SA President Zuma slammed for £14m home makeover

South African President Jacob Zuma "benefited unduly" from a 208 million rand (£13.8 million) state-funded security upgrade to his private home that included a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, the public protector ruled today.

South African President Jacob Zuma 'benefited unduly' from a $23 million state-funded security upgrade to his home the public protector said Credit: Reuters

In a damning report released six weeks before an election, South Africa's top anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma of conduct "inconsistent with his office" and said he should repay a reasonable part of the cost of the unnecessary renovations.

"The President tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence and has unduly benefitted from the enormous capital investment in the non-security installations at his private residence," Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said in her report.

'Fake' interpreter seen signing for Jacob Zuma in 2012

Video posted online appears to show the man accused of 'faking' sign language during Nelson Mandela's memorial 'interpreting' for South African president Jacob Zuma last year.

The footage, apparently filmed in January 2012 at the ANC party's 100th anniversary, shows the man making gestures as Zuma sings to the crowd.

ANC communications manager Keith Khoza told NBC News that the interpreter had translated for party events in the past, but said that the man only “volunteered” and was not paid.


Govt building to be named after Nelson Mandela

President Zuma announces that the Union Buildings amphitheatre, where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated in 1994, will now be called the 'Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre'.

The Union building is seen behind the city of Pretoria Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

He said this is a "fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity democracy and progress".

Zuma recalls moment Mandela emerged from captivity

South African President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma is describing the moment the world first saw a "tall, imposing figure walking out into a world he had left behind 27 years before".

He says South Africans were, at that time, a "downtrodden people" and that they "needed a leader like Madiba".

Zuma refers to Mandela repeatedly as a "freedom fighter".

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