Zuma's Office Denies Claim He Plans to Fire Ramaphosa as Deputy

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  • President risks being ousted by South Africa’s ruling ANC
  • Zuma’s spokesman says allegations are ‘completely baseless’
Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and newly elected president of the African National Congress party (ANC), speaks during the 54th national conference of the African National Congress party in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. With his election as leader of the ruling African National Congress on Monday, Ramaphosa, 65, will be the party's presidential candidate in 2019 and may take over running the country from Jacob Zuma sooner than that if he's ousted before the end of his second term. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South African President Jacob Zuma’s office denied allegations by the communist party that he’s preparing to fire his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced him as head of the ruling party in December.

The South African Communist Party said in a statement Tuesday that Zuma, 75, is preparing to replace Ramaphosa as the nation’s deputy president with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, his former wife who lost in her bid to win the African National Congress leadership race.

“The allegations are completely baseless,” Zuma’s spokesman, Bongani Ngqulunga, said in an emailed statement.

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