ANC unaware of talks on two deputy presidents

Reports says Baleka Mbete could join Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president after this year's elections.

ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbete. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Reports that South Africa could have a second deputy president after this year's general elections have been strongly denied by the African National Congress (ANC) as well as the office of the Presidency.

The_ Sunday Times _reported yesterday that sensitive discussions are underway at Luthuli House that could see the ANC's national chairperson Baleka Mbete join Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president of the country if the ANC retains power.

The paper cited an unnamed source who alleges the ANC wants to win a two-thirds majority so that it could change the Constitution to allow for two deputy presidents.

But ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza says he's not aware of any such discussions.

"The ANC has certainly not released any statement in that regard. If those discussions have taken place I am not aware."

President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj echoed Khoza's view.

"From my side, I'm not aware of any such discussions."