South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the public to ignore two fake news stories published about him.
The first alleges that he has endorsed the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the second that he has promised to end the government’s black economic empowerment (BEE) policy.
“Both these stories are fake news. I have never said these words – BEE is ANC policy to which we remain committed and I have never endorsed Bitcoin,” he tweeted.
Mr Ramaphosa was elected leader of the governing African National Congress (ANC) in December, fuelling speculation that President Jacob Zuma will step down to open the way for him to take power.
Mr Ramaphosa is leading the South African delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos, where he has held talks with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Angola’s João Lourenço.
Both these stories are fake news. I have never said these words – BEE is ANC policy to which we remain committed and I have never endorsed Bitcoin. pic.twitter.com/vAwwouEYll
— Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) January 24, 2018
Productive first day in Davos where I had insightful discussions with PM @erna_solberg, SA Deputy President @CyrilRamaphosa, @AlibabaGroup's Jack Ma and IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo. Looking forward to more discussions in the coming days! #WEF18
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) January 23, 2018