February 6, 2018 / 6:56 PM / 10 months ago

South African presidency denies claim Zuma plans to fire deputy Ramaphosa

FILE PHOTO: South African President Jacob Zuma sits next to his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa at the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

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).

“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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