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Zuma says South Africa to leave recession 'quicker than we believe'
June 22, 2017 / 12:57 PM / 2 months ago

Zuma says South Africa to leave recession 'quicker than we believe'

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses the National Youth Day commemoration, under the theme "The Year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment", in Ventersdorp, South Africa June 16, 2017.Siphiwe Sibeko

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma told parliament on Thursday the economy would come out of recession "quicker than we believe", his first public comments since data showed Africa's most industrialised economy was struggling.

The country sank into recession for the first time in eight years in the first quarter, hit by weakness in consumer sectors such as wholesale, retail and accommodation.

Asked by a lawmaker why he should still be in office given the economic woes and personal scandals, Zuma said he was elected by the people.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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