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Ramaphosa to address MPs after drama

Opposition MPs say last week’s disruption in Parliament should be at the top of the meeting's agenda.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will hold a meeting with opposition parties in Cape Town tomorrow. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency has announced that Cyril Ramaphosa will meet Parliamentary leaders of opposition parties in Cape Town tomorrow.

This follows the chaos that erupted in the National Assembly on Thursday, with armed public order police being called into the chamber for the first time in the history of a democratic South Africa.

The presidency says 11 leaders have so far confirmed their attendance at what's being described as a regular meeting to "strengthen" the working relationship between parties.

The chaos that erupted last week is expected to lead the meeting.

The meeting was set up before the disruptions.

In his role as leader of government business in Parliament, Ramaphosa will face tough questions about speaker Baleka Mbete and whether she's fit to hold her position.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane says this should be at the top of the agenda.

"What took place on Thursday in our view is the disruption of Parliament and a Constitutional crisis. Nothing must overshadow this as an agenda item. We must discuss how we move on from there and how Parliament can work and certainly the use of riot police be something that we never ever have to see again."