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Ramaphosa lashes out against 'mischievous claims'

Deputy President Cyrial Ramaphosa denies discussing Cabinet appointments with business leaders.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The office of the deputy president has described it as unfortunate that those who claim Cyril Ramaphosa discussed Cabinet appointments with business leaders didn't verify their facts.

Ramaphosa says apart from a meeting with President Jacob Zuma and other top ANC leaders, he didn't have any engagements to discuss appointments in the finance ministry.

A report in the New Age newspaper accused him of meeting with businessman Johann Rupert, Trevor Manuel and Maria Ramos to push for then finance minister Des Van Rooyen's removal.

The office of the deputy president has lashed out against what it says are mischievous and misleading claims against Ramaphosa.

According to reports Rupert, Manuel and Ramos were among those involved in talks to have Van Rooyen removed from the position.

It is alleged Van Rooyen's short tenure was due to pressure on government by top business leaders.

But the deputy president says he hasn't discussed Cabinet appointments with anyone in the business community.

He says he hopes those who made false claims about his alleged meeting with Rupert will retract their statements.