South African President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for tests, after previously being advised to take some rest.

The presidency said yesterday that the 72-year-old would take a few days off from public appearances after a tiring election in May, which put him in office for a second term.

"The president is in need of a rest following a demanding election and transition programme to the new administration," the presidency said.

It said that Mr Zuma would continue to perform official duties from home.

Mr Zuma from the African National Congress won over 62% of the vote in the country's fifth democratic election last month.