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Ramaphosa: I serve at the pleasure of the president

The Deputy President was questioned in the National Assembly about reports that he is set to be removed from office.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded to questions in the National Assembly about reports that suggest he is set to be removed from office.

With less than 60 days to go before the ANC's elective conference, the battle for the leadership of the party is in full swing.

There's been increased speculation about Ramaphosa's position in the wake of yet another Cabinet reshuffle announced by the president on Tuesday, with some suggesting he could be out of a job by as early as Friday.

Another supposed intelligence report which allegedly links him to a CIA plot is being touted as a possible reason for his removal.

In posing a question to Ramaphosa, the Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen referred to reports that he is set to be removed.

“Deputy President, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to put questions to you today because if the briefings from within your own party are to be believed, this could be your last oral question session as deputy president. Sounds like the only buckling down you’re going to get to is packing your office.”

The Deputy President said the call on his political future could only be made by President Jacob Zuma.

“If I were to be removed it would be at the pleasure of the president. It is the president’s decision and the president exercises his prerogative on matters like these.”

“Now, the one that you are positing about my removal is a matter that I cannot comment anything about. Because I am not the one who decides on these matters.

“If that eventful day ever happens, that I need to pack my office and vacate, honourable Speaker, I hope you will allow me to engage the services of Mr Steenhuisen to come and pack up in my office. I will lay out the boxes and he will pack up my books.”

He was also challenged by ANC MP Zukiswa Rantho - who chairs the public enterprises committee which is inquiring into state capture at Eskom - over his failure to act earlier over corruption in state-owned companies.

Ramaphosa initially appeared flummoxed by the question and then gave this answer: “As I said in my initial input, these incidents of corruption are only now spewing out in the manner that all of us have become aware of them.”

WATCH: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa answers questions in the National Assembly

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