Ramaphosa to meet opposition over failed truce

2014-11-24 11:04

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Opposition parties are expected to meet Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon after a truce between political parties in Parliament fell apart last week.

Opposition parties are expected to have their own meeting, before the talks with Ramaphosa in Parktown, Joburg.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane would be among those at the meeting.

Malema wrote on social networking site Twitter this morning: “Good morning South Africa, back to EFF work. Now at 12.30 meeting leaders of all opposition parties, 14hrs will meet Buffalo Ramaphosa. #Asijiki.”

Malema has been on study leave.

On Tuesday, Ramaphosa struck a deal with opposition parties that disciplinary proceedings against the EFF would be held in abeyance in return for assurances that they would respect parliamentary rules.

A report by the powers and privileges committee was likely to result in various EFF MPs, including Malema, being suspended from Parliament for up to 30 days for contempt of Parliament. The charges arose from their heckling of Zuma about the Nkandla saga in August.

However, a day after the peace deal was brokered, Parliament again degenerated into insults and obscene gestures when the agreement between the African National Congress and the opposition fell apart.

Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that the report of the powers and privileges committee was back on the agenda.

The move came in retaliation to the DA’s insistence on proceeding with a motion accusing Zuma of ducking questions on the R246 million security upgrades to his homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

On Thursday evening, the ANC abandoned the debate in the National Assembly on the report calling for the EFF MPs’ suspension.

Ramaphosa issued a statement saying he remained open to further negotiations with political parties to restore calm to Parliament.

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