Cyril Ramaphosa in direct discussion with Jacob Zuma over transition


South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said that he is holding direct talks with President Jacob Zuma over a transition in power.

In a statement, Ramaphosa said he and Zuma hoped to conclude their discussions and report back to country “in coming days”, adding the process was an opportunity to conclude the matter without causing discord or division in the country.

Jacob Zuma has been South Africa’s president since 2009 and his current term doesn’t expire until 2019. He is beset by corruption allegations and facing growing pressure to resign.  Some of that pressure has come from Ramaphosa who won control of the African National Congress from Zuma in December.

Zuma still retains the support of a faction within the ANC but has seen several prominent party allies desert him recently.

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