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Sunday World - - News - Staff Re­porter

DEPUTY pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has de­nied ru­mours that he met with busi­ness peo­ple in­clud­ing Jo­hann Ru­pert, Maria Ramos and Trevor Manuel fol­low­ing the ap­point­ment of Des Van Rooyen as finance min­is­ter in De­cem­ber last year.

Ramaphosa s of­fice said the deputy pres­i­dent cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nies ever hav­ing such a meet­ing with Ru­pert, Manuel and Ramos or any other busi­ness per­sons to dis­cuss cab­i­net ap­point­ments.

The only time Ramaphosa en­gaged him­self with the mat­ter of the finance min­istry was dur­ing the meet­ing of the top six ANC of­fi­cials with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on the Sun­day lead­ing to the ap­point­ment of Pravin Gord­han as the finance min­is­ter.

The sug­ges­tion there­fore that Ramaphosa met with Ru­pert, Manuel and Ramos to re­verse de­ci­sions of the pres­i­dent on the finance min­istry is thus wholly in­cor­rect, mis­chievous and mis­lead­ing,” said the state­ment.

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