WRAP | 'Die Stem gaan uit', says Malema during Ramaphosa's Q&A

2019-08-22 17:10

Take a scroll through News24's blog for a blow-by-blow account of President Cyril Ramaphosa's question and answer session in the National Assembly.

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22 Aug 17:12

President Cyril Ramaphosa appeared in the National Assembly on Thursday to respond to questions about his ANC presidential campaign, the NHI and land.

During the sitting DA leader Mmusi Maimane revealed a letter indicating that Gavin Watson donated R3m to the party.

EFF leader Julius Malema also expressed his unhappiness about a section of the national anthem about Die Stem.

22 Aug 17:11

Have a look at this video to see how the sitting unfolded:

22 Aug 16:55

Malema says Ramaphosa must differentiate between Afrikaans as a language and Die Stem.

"We have no problem singing in Afrikaans. Die Stem gaan uit (Die Stem is going)", says Malema to cheers from EFF members.

Ramaphosa says SA's journey started 25 years ago.

"It involves understanding one another, being able to be aware of the concerns of all of us and embracing one another as one nation.

"We come from different histories, we come from different parts of the country, but the beauty that we have as South Africans is that we are diverse we've got beauty in our diversity and that is what distinguishes us from any other nation in the whole world"'.

Ramaphosa says this is what we must uphold and it is clearly well articulated in our Constitution.

22 Aug 16:37

On what FF+ MP terms the "alienation of minorities", the Ramaphosa says the divisions in our country are not only material but also social.

The president says he is hesitant to use the word "minorities".

Perhaps it is time to challenge this idea of minorities, says Ramaphosa. We are all part of the greater South Africa. South Africa belongs to all equally.

22 Aug 16:28

Ramaphosa: The NPA must prosecute VBS Mutual Bank looters, not me

President Cyril Ramaphosa said he knows there is growing impatience across the nation for justice to be administered on those behind the looting of VBS Mutual Bank.

The president was giving oral replies before the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon. He was asked by National Freedom Party MP Shaik Emam why no one behind the looting at VBS Mutual Bank has yet been criminally prosecuted.

"I know there is a great deal of impatience in the nation and a measure of impatience that almost wants to see the roles the executives plays and the roles of independent institutions set up by the Constitution conflated. We cannot have a situation like that, where the executive is the executioner of justice," Ramaphosa said.

22 Aug 16:25

Cabinet has received the supplementary report related to the land panel report.

It was penned by two members of the panel who disagreed with expropriation without compensation.

Ramaphosa says Cabinet will consider both reports.

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Ramaphosa addresses the land panel report's recommendations.

He says the panel argues expropriation without compensation should be implemented but used along with other mechanisms for land reform.

The work that was done by the panel will complement the work done here in Parliament. Cabinets still needs to give further consideration to the recommendations.

22 Aug 16:04

22 Aug 16:02

The health sector contributes significantly to the country’s inequality status.

Therefore, one of our greatest priorities as a nation must be the achievement of universal health coverage, where all our people have equal access to quality health care.

This is essential for the achievement of a better quality of life, for social justice, for equity and for a more productive economy. We have also signed as a country the Sustainable development agenda which calls for the introduction of Universal Health Coverage.

We are heading out to New York at the UN to join other countries who are moving towards the implementation of their Universal Health Coverage.

As part of our global commitment,we attended and contributed our input to the G20 Summit in Osaka in June this year.

22 Aug 15:58

We will keep a hawks eye on NHI funding, vows Ramaphosa.

He says the bill will help revolutionise healthcare in South Africa.

22 Aug 15:56

Ramaphosa says the NHI fund will only contract hospitals and clinics that meet international standards.

He says the NHI provides an opportunity to fundamentally change healthcare in the country.

Ramaphosa says implementing the NHI will lead to hiring more workers and reduce waiting times. He notes that contracting health professionals from private sector will increase access to specialists and allow for greater access to medicine and equipment.

22 Aug 15:48

ICYMI: Here is a copy of the letter in which former ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize thanks Bosasa boss Gavin Watson for his company's 'ongoing support'.

On Thursday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane handed a copy of Mkhize's letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, asking him what Mkhize meant by the "continued financial support" from Bosasa. 

22 Aug 15:43

Ramaphosa beats around the bush, won't say whether he supports prescriptions of assets

President Cyril Ramaphosa has not said outright whether he supports the prescription of assets – but has said government will pursue policies in the interests of South Africans, and pension fund holders.

The president was answering questions before the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon. Responding to a question from DA leader Mmusi Maimane whether the president supports the prescription of assets - a policy which involves local pension and asset funds being invested in state owned companies or infrastructure for development purposes. The ANC in its 2019 manifesto said it would investigate prescription of assets.

Before answering the question Ramaphosa took a dig at Maimane for sounding like a "broken record" for regurgitating the issue at every questioning session in Parliament. Ramaphosa called it "regrettable".

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Malema wants to know why Ramaphosa does not want to disclose names of his funders.

"You shall be held by high standards because you are the president."

Malema also asks: "How many of my [EFF] members have you given money", but he says the answer should be given outside the National Assembly.

22 Aug 15:19

Ramaphosa says the CR17 campaign has brought up an important question of internal party funding.

He says leaks of select bank statements have been used to further a nefarious agenda.

Ramaphosa says boldly that there was no wrongdoing, criminality or abuse of public funds.

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22 Aug 14:58

"I must remind you that being in possession of money from criminal proceeds is in and of itself a crime," says Mmusi Maimane.

Ramaphosa asks for a copy of the letter so that he can follow up on it and get back to Maimane.

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Our financial resources have been depleted, says Ramaphosa.

He calls for a national discussion on utilising pension funds to enhance developing South Africa.

22 Aug 14:47

Your National Development Plan has dramatically failed, says EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Isn't it time that a new macroeconomic policy is formulated, he asks.

22 Aug 14:42

22 Aug 14:38
Do you support prescribed assets or not, asks DA's chief whip John Steenhuisen

22 Aug 14:35
The issue of prescribed assets has been discussed over and over and over again, says Ramaphosa in response to Maimane.

Prescribed assets: What government could do with your retirement savings

The ANC's economic policy head said the party is investigating using prescribed assets to avoid an IMF bailout. Prescribed assets will force SA asset managers and pension funds to invest in the country's bonds and state-owned-enterprises. The last time South Africa had prescribed assets, the apartheid regime forced retirement funds to invest half of all savings in government bonds.

22 Aug 14:30
Ramaphosa says a second SA Investment Conference will take place from 5-7 November in a bid to improve the levels of investment in the economy.

22 Aug 14:28

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Funding of R600 milliion has been allocated over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework to support the clothing and textile sectors.

"In June, a number of Chinese companies signed agreements with SA counterparts of buy more than 25 billion of SA made goods."

22 Aug 14:26
Ramaphosa says further measures to reduce the country's fiscal deficit and debt ratios will be announced in the mini budget by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in October.

22 Aug 14:24
We have agreed, together with Deputy President David Mabuza, we will convene regular meetings with all Nedlac Constituencies to review progress and take action to resolve problems.

22 Aug 14:23

To support job creation, R600 million has been provisionally allocated to support rural and township economies.

The employee tax incentive has been extended to 2029 to enable more employers to take advantage of its provision to hire more young people.

22 Aug 14:23
Between September 2018 and July 2019, the IDC approved upwards of R14 billion in infrastructure funding for roads, human settlements, water infrastructure, schools, student accommodation and public transport.

22 Aug 14:19
We said we would reprioritise public spending to support more social infrastructure, we have exceeded the target of filling over 2000 critical medical posts to address challenges in our health system.

22 Aug 14:19
Three new parks have been launched in the 2019 financial year.

22 Aug 14:18
Funding to the tune of R3.9 billion has been released to support black commercial farmers through the land bank. "We have finalised over 1400 30 year leases for a number farmers."

22 Aug 14:18
Towards our goal of making it easier to do business in our country, through reducing port and rail tariffs, the ports regulator in November announced a tariff decrease of 6% and also decrease container and automotive cargo dues.

22 Aug 14:15

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We have introduced trade measures to safeguard key agricultural sectors like poultry, and in the process, protect local jobs.

The policy directive for the release of high demand spectrum gazetted on the 26th July 2019 will help to draw fresh investment into the digital telecommunications sector.

22 Aug 14:13

The Department of Home Affairs recently issued a list of countries that will receive Visa wavers, among them, countries with high tourism potential from the Middle East.

The e-Visa system will soon be piloted as part of modernising our current system.

22 Aug 14:11

We said we would implement growth enhancing reforms in pursuit of igniting economic activity.

One of those that we want to look at is what we have done in relation to the Visa regime.

22 Aug 14:07

Economic growth and job creation is the apex priority of this administration, says Ramaphosa.

"It is nearly one year since I announced the economic stimulus and recovery package to get the wheels of our economy turning once again."

22 Aug 14:05

22 Aug 14:03

Ramaphosa Q&A: Modise refuses Maimane's request for urgent question

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise denied DA leader Mmusi Maimane's request to have an urgent question added to the questions that will be posed to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday afternoon.

22 Aug 13:50

Maimane wants to ask urgent question on ministers' CR17 campaign work

DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants an urgent question relating to President Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC presidency campaign funding to be added to the questions for Thursday's hotly anticipated question and answer session in the National Assembly.

On Wednesday, Maimane wrote to National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise to ask her to add the question in terms of the rules that allow urgent questions.

The question is: "Whether the appointments of Ms K P S Ntshavheni to the position of Minister of Small Business Development, Ms R T Siweya to the position of Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Mr F Mbalula to the position of Minister of Transport and Mr Z Kodwa to the position of Deputy Minister of State Security were informed in any way by the fact that both worked for, and received payment from his CR17 campaign?"

22 Aug 13:49

CR17 campaign, Bosasa and NHI - 6 tough questions Ramaphosa will face in Parliament

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face some tough questions as he heads back to the National Assembly on Thursday.

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