ANC supporters fill gallery for Ramaphosa

Cape Town - The public gallery of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) was packed with ANC supporters on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions in the House.

This was Ramaphosa's first appearance for question time in the NCOP.

Police and members of Parliament's protection services were out in full force after last week's disruptions in the National Assembly.

Last Thursday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs disrupted proceedings in the Assembly while President Jacob Zuma was replying to questions.

EFF leader Julius Malema was not happy with how Zuma had answered a question on when he would pay back part of the money spent on R246m security upgrades to his private Nkandla residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mbete instructed Malema and his fellow MPs to leave the House when they kept interrupting and asking that Zuma answer their question.

They refused and kept chanting and shouting, and police were called in but no action was taken. Mbete was forced to adjourn the sitting.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended in her report on Nkandla that Zuma repay that part of the money not spent on security measures, like the swimming pool and cattle kraal, among others.

Zuma has been accused of delaying his response in Parliament to Madonsela's report after he said he would leave it to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to determine if he should repay any of the money.

The NCOP, one of the two houses of Parliament, represents the nine provinces in South Africa. Each province sends 10 delegates to it.

The provincial premier is the head of each delegation, but may delegate this role to a provincial cabinet member.

Rodgers Mabasa 2014-08-27 02:58:22 PM
ANC hired foot solders to intimidate opposition parties.
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-27 02:58:31 PM
What are they going to do? Fight EFF for questioning him?
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-27 03:04:57 PM
Ar they going to fight EFF members?
Lefenki Choenyane 2014-08-27 03:13:15 PM
Blood on his hands, blood on his hands
Sipho Simon Mogale 2014-08-27 03:32:51 PM
I don't think they can intimidate EFF my be DA cause it plays by the rules
Wandile Mazibuko 2014-08-27 03:37:31 PM
I can say he's better than fatboy Juju & turtle head Zuma that's my opinion
Wandile Mazibuko 2014-08-27 03:37:32 PM
I can say he's better than fatboy Juju & turtle head Zuma that's my opinion
Wandile Mazibuko 2014-08-27 03:38:35 PM
I can say he's better than fatboy Juju & turtle head Zuma that's my opinion
Bhekinkosi Langa 2014-08-27 03:46:50 PM
It is suprising bcos the gentleman who spoke on behalf of the ANC denied that they were busing ppl from around all the townships of Cape Town when asked by Ndlonzi of the EFF.Doesn't that mean that he lied?so how do we trust these ppl who always fail to put their money where their mouth is?
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-27 03:48:53 PM
Aah, Good ol' Unca Cyril. Wonder if he will answer questions. He might just surprise us all. Let's give him a chance..... we are running out of people who make sense.