Ramaphosa: All parties should respect each other in Parliament

The deputy president said he's convening a multi-party forum that will discuss all the issues.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with opposition parties at Tuynhuys, Parliament in Cape Town on 18 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says all parties should respect each other in Parliament.

He met with 11 opposition parties at Tuynhuys this morning.

The meeting was aimed at helping ease fractured relations that have seen proceedings disrupted, insults hurled and on Thursday, armed riot police enter the chamber.

Flanked by opposition party leaders, Ramaphosa told reporters he's convening a multi-party forum that will discuss all the issues to find a political way forward.

He said while opposition parties have agreed with the need to show each other respect and to restore the dignity of Parliament, it isn't a one-way street.

The deputy president said presiding officers which would include National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete need to apply the rules consistently and without bias.

He also said members of the executive, which would include President Jacob Zuma, must also respect Parliament.

In the meantime, Ramaphosa said any disciplinary action against a string of Economic Freedom Fighters Members of Parliament will be held over while talks are underway.