February 16, 2018 / 6:04 PM / 7 months ago

'Tough decisions' for South Africa to cut deficit - Ramaphosa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa faces “tough decisions” to reduce the size of its fiscal deficit and stabilise its debt after years of weak growth, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday in a State of the Nation address the day after being inaugurated.

Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn in as the new South Africa president by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Rodger Bosch/Pool

Ramaphosa also said his government was committed to “policy certainty and consistency”, in contrast to his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, who resigned this week on the orders of the ruling African National Congress.

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

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