February 6, 2018 / 7:23 PM / 4 months ago

South African presidency denies claim Zuma plans to fire deputy Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has no plans to fire Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s deputy president, the presidency said on Tuesday, denying a claim by a party allied to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) reatcs as he celebrates the Congress' 106th anniversary celebrations with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, in East London, South Africa, January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko 2pts

“The allegations are completely baseless,” the presidency said in a statement.

The South African Communist Party had said it received information that Zuma plans to sack Ramaphosa and replace him with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an executive member of the ANC and Zuma’s ex-wife.

Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by James Macharia

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