Par­lia­ment back to square one

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

THE PEACE deal struck by Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa be­tween the gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion par­ties lay in tat­ters yes­ter­day after the DA tabled a mo­tion of cen­sure against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for fail­ing to an­swer ques­tions in Par­lia­ment.

It was back to the business of fil­i­bus­ter­ing in the Na­tional Assem­bly, with Ramaphosa say­ing that what was agreed with the op­po­si­tion the day be­fore “lay in tat­ters”.

Ramaphosa had ear­lier in the day an­swered ques­tions in the Na­tional Assem­bly, but warned that fil­i­bus­ter­ing and a de­mand by the op­po­si­tion for Zuma to come to Par­lia­ment to an­swer ques­tions killed the spirit and let­ter of the agree­ment on Tues­day.

The deputy pres­i­dent said mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive, in­clud­ing Zuma, had a duty to ac­count to Par­lia­ment, but could do so only if the cli­mate al­lowed it.

He said he was afraid that the DA’s tabling of a mo­tion of cen­sure against Zuma would de­stroy what they had agreed to ear­lier in the week.

DA chief whip John Steen­huisen said the call for Zuma to come to Par­lia­ment was part of the rules of the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Ear­lier in the week, all op­po­si­tion par­ties met Ramaphosa at Tuyn­huys, where it was agreed that a com­mit­tee of par­lia­men­tary lead­ers would meet next week to iron out dif­fer­ences re­gard­ing the run­ning of Par­lia­ment.

PIC­TURE: SIYAB­ULELA DUDA

AM­I­CA­BLE: Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, right, in his ca­pac­ity as the SADC fa­cil­i­ta­tor, meets Le­sotho Prime Min­is­ter Tom Tha­bane in Maseru ear­lier this year.

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