MPs and Ramaphosa to meet at Tuynhuys

Today's meeting takes place ahead of what's expected to be another fractious sitting in Parliament.

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will meet opposition MPs at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Picture: Discott/commons.wikimedia.org

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) are to meet with deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, at Tuynhuys this morning.

While the meeting was planned some time ago to thrash out long-standing grievances, Thursday's events, which saw riot police entering the National Assembly for the first time in the country's democratic history, are set to dominate the agenda.

Last week's chaos in the House has set the stage for a tense meeting between Ramaphosa and 11 opposition party leaders who confirmed they would attend today's proceedings.

The parties want a commitment that public order police will never again enter the National Assembly Chamber, speaker Baleka Mbete be replaced and that President Jacob Zuma come and answer MPs' questions, as the rules oblige him to do so.

Ramaphosa's defended Zuma, telling MP's earlier this month their howling and screaming made it difficult for him to have a good relationship with Parliament and appealing for them to show Zuma respect.

Today's meeting takes place ahead of what's expected to be another fractious sitting where the house will be asked to approve the suspension of a string of Economic Freedom Fighters MP's following the disruption of Zuma's question time in August.