South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa has said he is holding direct talks with embattled President Jacob Zuma over a transfer of power.
Ramaphosa, who heads South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), said both he and Zuma understood the need for a speedy resolution.
He said the pair aims to conclude talks on the president’s future within days.
The 75-year-old President is facing extensive corruption charges after a turbulent nine years in power.
He has faced increasing pressure to quit since December, when Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ruling ANC.
Ramaphosa said direct talks were an opportunity to reach an agreement without spreading discord or division.