ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has cautioned that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should not be negotiating about Parliament’s report on the suspension of EFF MPs for rowdy behaviour.
“That report is a report of a committee of Parliament, it is not an issue for negotiation somewhere else outside that process. It is a report of a parliamentary committee,” he told journalists this afternoon at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters following its weekend national executive committee meeting.
City Press has learnt there was concern in Luthuli House last week as Mantashe and President Jacob Zuma felt Ramaphosa was being too lenient to the EFF by negotiating about the report.
Ramaphosa met with opposition leaders last Tuesday but the “peace deal”, which included holding the EFF’s suspension in abeyance, collapsed when the DA refused to postpone its motion on the censure of Zuma until a later date.
The DA accused Zuma of dodging Parliamenquestions over his Nkandla homestead.
Ramaphosa was due to meet the leaders again today in Pretoria.
Mantashe said the ANC wasn’t comfortable with processes that would undermine Parliament.
“Opposition parties announced in Parliament that they will undermine the Speaker (Baleka Mbete) but they are happy to go to a process of engagement (with Ramaphosa) and will try their best to substitute that process.
“That process should play its role but it should not be a substitute for parliamentary processes because those should be according to the rules of Parliament. But engagement is okay because we must have a relationship with the opposition parties,” he said.
An ANC MP told City Press that Ramaphosa told the party caucus that South Africa had solved its problems with talks and negotiations before, and could do so again.