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    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma set to quit within days

    South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is holding direct talks with embattled President Jacob Zuma over a transfer of power BBC reports.
    President Jacob Zuma (L) and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, pictured at a Cabinet Committee meeting on Wednesday 
    According to BBC, Mr Ramaphosa, who heads South Africa's governing party, said both he and Mr Zuma understood the need for a speedy resolution.

    Mr Ramaphosa said the pair aim to conclude talks on the president's future within days.

    It is being seen as the first confirmation that Mr Zuma will step down shortly.

    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 Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

    Mr Ramaphosa said direct talks were an opportunity to reach an agreement without spreading discord or division.

    The ANC said they had been "fruitful and constructive discussions".

    An urgent Wednesday evening meeting of the party's top leadership which has the power to unseat Mr Zuma has been pushed back to 17 February.

    Opposition parties are demanding a vote of no-confidence to remove the president.

    The Nelson Mandela Foundation has also urged him to step down, stating that South Africa had seen "systematic looting" under Mr Zuma's rule, and he "must go sooner rather than later", it said in a statement.
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