LISTEN: Ramaphosa throws hat in the ring for presidency

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A handout photograph made available by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) shows Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban on 18 July 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly says he is available for the position of President of the ANC.

He was speaking in a wide-ranging interview on a Johannesburg radio station, Power FM, on Wednesday night.

Ramaphosa said it would be humbling to be asked to be president and he was available.

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This is the first outright indication that Ramaphosa has given in public about his willingness to run for the Presidency of the governing party.

A number of ANC allies, like Cosatu, have recently thrown their weight behind Ramaphosa as a successor to President Jacob Zuma.

While the ANC has cautioned against a succession debate ahead of its 2017 elective conference, there have been growing calls from within and outside the party for a leadership change.