January 18, 2018 / 1:02 PM / 4 months ago

Zuma exit not on agenda of South African ruling party meeting: secretary-general

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma’s removal as head of state is not on the agenda of a meeting of top officials from the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party’s Secretary-General Ace Magashule said on Thursday in televised remarks.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attends the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in the capital, Pretoria, South Africa, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files

There is widespread speculation that Zuma’s opponents in the ANC’s newly elected 80-member national executive committee will make a fresh push during four days of meetings which begin on Thursday to replace him with new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Toby Chopra

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