'Ramaphosa's intervention does not mean Mbete is out'

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani says the intervention does not mean Mbete lost control of the National Assembly.

FILE: The DA's Mmusi Maimane walks passed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the beginning of a meeting with parliamentary leaders at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Stone Sizani says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's intervention in Parliament does not mean Speaker Baleka Mbete has lost control of the National Assembly.

He says this is rather as a result of Members of Parliament (MP) refusing to accept the rules.

Yesterday, Ramaphosa met with representatives of all the political parties in a bid to restore order and cooperation.

This comes after the House descended into chaos during the debate on the ANC Nkandla ad-hoc committee report last week.

Sizani says Ramaphosa received commitments from all the parties to meet again next week.

"He initiated the process to discuss what kind of Parliament they collectively want to see. On the basis of that they can prevail on their own members to create an atmosphere for that Parliament to emerge."

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Meanwhile, MPs will be back in the National Assembly today after a grumpy day in Parliament yesterday.

Parties clashed over whether the police should be condemned for their actions after they were called into the House last week.

Members also bickered over words like "suka".

All through the session, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) objected to every single departmental budget review and then gave an explanation of its own policy on the matter.

Every now and then a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP would make a reference to last week's police action, to be met with jeers from the ANC benches.

The highlight came when the EFF accused Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, of using the word "suka" which the DA claimed was un-parliamentary.

Zulu shrugged her shoulders and claimed ignorance of the rules.

It's expected to be another long day for MPs despite Ramaphosa's pleas for everyone to behave.