Opposition MPs and Ramaphosa wrap up talks

The meeting at Tuynhuys aims to improve relations between the parties and the executive.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and 11 opposition parties have wrapped up in talks behind closed doors at Tuynhuys - the office of the Presidency in Cape Town.

The breakfast meeting was planned some time ago, but Thursday's ejection by armed public order police of a female Economic Freedom Fighters Member of Parliament from the National Assembly is expected to top the agenda.

The meeting got underway shortly after 8am today.

There was some light banter as opposition party representatives filed in to take their places.

Ramaphosa promised an open agenda for the meeting which is aimed at trying to improve relations between the parties and the executive.

With tensions running higher than ever after the unprecedented intervention of armed police in the National Assembly Chamber, Ramaphosa will have his work cut out for him.

Opposition parties have indicated they want a commitment there'll be no more police action, that Speaker Baleka Mbete be replaced and that president Jacob Zuma come and answer MP's questions before the end of the year.

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.