State institutions should not shoot at each other - Ramaphosa

2016-09-07 19:11
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Cape Town - A functioning South Africa cannot have a government at war with itself, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

“State institutions should not be shooting at each other,” he said during a question and answer session in the National Council of Provinces.

All organs of state had to work together.

“If we want to function well as South Africa Inc, we have got to be a people who are united in our quest to ensure South Africans get a better life.”

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Khawula Mntomuhle had asked Ramaphosa about the effect on the economy of the so-called “war” between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks.

Ramaphosa said the unexpected growth in GDP per capita in the last financial quarter was evidence of the resilience of the country’s economy.

"Yesterday, we were greeted by the good news that the economy grew by 3.3%, and it surprised some people. It shows that this economy, which rests on the shoulders of South African people and workers, is an economy that is strong and can bounce back.”

ANC 'not petty'

African National Congress MP Lewis Nzimande asked Ramaphosa about how the change in leadership in key metros would affect government's anti-poverty programme.

The Democratic Alliance took control of Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay after the August 3 local government elections.

Ramaphosa said this did not change government's constitutional mandate.

“The Constitution seeks to address the plight of the poor to the best of our ability. That is our mandate as leaders, whatever party we come from. It is binding.”

He said the ANC would not resort to petty tactics in those metros.

“The ANC-led government is not a punitive government. We are not so small as to want to be punitive against our own people.

“Whether they voted DA, ANC, EFF, they remain the people of South Africa who must be served by the national government."

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