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2016-05-25 18:52


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Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions in quick succession in the National Assembly on Wednesday, with barely a point of order raised.

The World Economic Forum on Africa, held from May 11 to 13 in Rwanda, had been “uplifting” and “beautiful”.

“What type of Africa do we want by 2063? We were asking ourselves are we already on the journey to achieve some of those goals we have set up?” he said. 

There was tighter security around the National Assembly on Wednesday. Police and security officers inspected visitors’ permits as they made their way to the gallery.

The ANC and DA had expressed concerns about security after EFF MPs were forcefully removed from the National Assembly during a question and answer session with President Jacob Zuma last week Tuesday.

The ANC and DA said they had been told that one of EFF leader Julius Malema’s bodyguards had entered the House during the scuffle.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu last week called for stricter security.

The EFF MPs were not in the House on Tuesday.

NFP MP Shaik Emam used his supplementary question to address party supporters clad in orange T-shirts in the gallery, and called some of them by name.

He berated Ramaphosa for shoddy RDP houses in the Western Cape and for long waiting lists for houses.

Answering a question from DA MP David Maynier, Ramaphosa said the ANC had strong leadership.

“We as the ANC have no problem. And you will see this August 3,” he said, referring to the date of the local government elections.

Parties raised concerns over the use of state resources to advance the ANC’s political interests. UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa questioned the “politicisation” of expanded public works programmes. More had to be done to ensure it was not used as a tool to prop up the ANC’s campaign.

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