#StateCaptureReport: Zuma had the right to go to court - Ramaphosa

2016-11-02 16:51
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (File)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (File)

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday refused to comment on mounting calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

Agang SA MP Andries Tlouamma asked Ramaphosa in the National Assembly how he kept his moral principles in check when he was deputy to a presidency characterised by "looting and plundering".

"Don't you think you must lead us and ask the president to resign?" Tlouamma asked.

Ramaphosa did not entertain the question.

"Madam Speaker, I don't think that deserves an answer from me," he said.

"The honourable member knows what the processes are. He is not a member of the African National Congress, and I think that is his problem. If he was a member of the ANC, he will know how things get done."

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Ramaphosa fielded questions from Democratic Alliance MPs on government's so-called war with itself, and what steps were being taken to ensure stability in the state.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen asked Ramaphosa if Zuma's “frivolous” interdict against former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's state capture report undermined her office, and if Zuma should pick up the bill for the litigation.

"The issue of our state institutions, particularly Chapter Nine institutions, are regulated by our Constitution," he answered.

"The various rights that citizens have are also regulated. So individuals, be they officials, politicians or ordinary citizens, all have rights that they exercise, all in terms of our Constitution.

"It gives them the right to go to any court to get justice, to get their rights redefined and clarified, and that right must be available even to a president of a country."

The courts should make the judgment over who should pay the costs of the state capture interdict applications, and Zuma would abide by their ruling, he said.

Read more on:    public protector  |  cyril ­ramaphosa  |  jacob zuma  |  parliament 2016  |  politics  |  state capture

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