'Ramaphosa looking for a scapegoat'

The DA says Cyril Ramaphosa got excoriated by his fellow ANC MPs and now needs an out.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa meeting with opposition party representatives at Tynhuys, Parliament in Cape Town on 18 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The report of the Powers and Privileges Committee that found Julius Malema and 19 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) guilty of misconduct will be debated in the National Assembly this afternoon.

The African National Congress (ANC) carried out its threat to revive the disciplinary action against the EFF in retaliation for the Democratic Alliance (DA) bringing its motion of censure against President Jacob Zuma last night.

Last night, the ANC blamed the DA for the unravelling of a deal forged by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with opposition parties, which gave the EFF a temporary reprieve from any disciplinary action.

But the DA hit back saying there was never any such agreement and that it's all about getting Ramaphosa off the hook from angry MPs in his own party.

The DA claims ANC hardliners were infuriated with the deal.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa is looking for a scapegoat.

"The deputy president got excoriated by his radicals and now he needs an out and his trying to pin it on the DA. Shame on him."

EFF MP Sipho Mbatha says the party has got the most at stake.

"If this agreement of yesterday falls apart, the biggest loser will be us."

Malema and fellow EFF MPs face suspensions of up to 30 days without pay if the report finding them guilty of disrupting Zuma's question time is adopted by the National Assembly this afternoon.