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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 15:52 GMT
Mbeki recovers after health scare
Thabo Mbeki
Mbeki was attending an ANC rally
South Africa's president has been certified fit after being taken ill at a rally in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

Thabo Mbeki, 61, was released from hospital after an hour after suffering an allergic reaction to something he had eaten, his spokesman said.

"He is in high spirits," Bheki Khumalo told BBC News Online.

Mr Mbeki resumed his normal duties with the ruling ANC on Monday afternoon and is due to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo as planned on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Heat

"The government has given the assurance that President Mbeki is all right after being rushed to a Pietermaritzburg hospital yesterday," South African radio said.

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The rally officially launched the ANC's campaign for South Africa's national elections likely to be held in March or April.

Mr Mbeki is seeking a second five-year mandate.

The president paused twice to drink water during his 45-minute speech to a crowd of ANC supporters gathered in intense heat.

"During the speech it was clear to us that he had a problem breathing, " Mr Khumalo said.

It was not clear what had caused his allergic reaction.


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