Opposition parties claim Parliamentary deal is off
The DA and UDM say the original deal struck between the deputy president & opposition parties is off.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) say the original deal to end the disorder in Parliament, struck between opposition party leaders and Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa is off.
They've been meeting in Johannesburg today to discuss the disorder in the National Assembly.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says the deal has been scrapped because the African National Congress (ANC) has rejected it, while the DA's Mmusi Maimane says today's meeting was merely a front to protect President Jacob Zuma.
"It's clear we were never going to get a date as to when the president would come to account so the process was designed to co-opt opposition into never asking when he would come to Parliament."
The DA says it stands firm with other opposition parties that Parliament must be returned to working order.
Holomisa has claimed that the deal between the parties is off because the deputy president has said his own party doesn't want it.
#DeputyPresident: He told us that his Party(ANC) is not in favour of our agreement of last week. So the deal is off.
- Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) November 24, 2014
Yesterday, Maimane denied that the National Assembly is in crisis and claimed Ramaphosa misrepresented the accord aimed at bringing stability to the debates.
JUJU KNOCKED TO THE GROUND
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has tweeted that he's okay after he was apparently pushed to the ground by a security guard before meeting with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Netwerk24 has tweeted photographs of Malema trying to push a security guard and then falling to the floor.
It says the guard shouted, "So you think you're king" during the scuffle.
Malema first tweeted laughter and then that he's okay.
- Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) November 24, 2014
Reactions to the incident poured in on Twitter
So security guards got their pay back
- Mayihlome (@MTshwete) November 24, 2014
The Fall of Julius Malema. At least he wasn't riding a horse. http://t.co/4ddS2C6l5E
- Gus Silber (@gussilber) November 24, 2014
Julius Malema must bulk up. The revolution can't be led by fighters who just fall by their backsides at the slightest provocation.
- ZOTSHO (@LoyisoSidimba) November 24, 2014
A scuffle erupted on 13 November when fully armed public order police entered the house late on Thursday night during a heated sitting.
Tempers flared when ANC MPs objected to motions brought by the opposition in an attempt to delay the tabling of a report on upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla home.
In March, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her Nkandla report and found that President Jacob Zuma and his family "unduly benefited" from the upgrades at his KwaZulu-Natal home.
But earlier this month, the Nkandla ad-hoc committee officially absolved the president of any wrongdoing in relation to the massive overspending.
Leaders from 11 opposition parties met with Ramaphosa to initiate crisis talks at Tuynhuys last Tuesday.
The talks were aimed at putting Parliament back on track.
Ramaphosa announced he would chair a multi-party committee comprising National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and all parties to find solutions to tensions that have brought Parliament to near breaking point.
Last week, DA leader Helen Zille said the ruling party is destroying democracy by protecting Zuma and his corrupt activities.
Opposition party Members of Parliament protested in front of the National Assembly complaining about the increasing number of unanswered questions in the house.
The DA says it's unacceptable that Zuma has not appeared in the chamber since August.