February 12, 2018 / 3:08 PM / a year ago

South Africa's Zuma resignation reports 'fake news': spokesman

FILE PHOTO: South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma stand during the playing of the national anthem at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African presidency spokesman Bongani Ngqulunga dismissed reports on Monday that President Jacob Zuma had agreed to resign as “fake news”, as the ruling party held talks to decide the leader’s fate.

Zuma, who has been mired in corruption scandals, is facing mounting pressure to resign, with expectations high that a decision on his future would be reached today. The rand lost some of its gains on Ngqulunga’s comments.

Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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