Opposition MPs: ANC never wanted a deal

Opposition parties claim Cyril Ramaphosa told them the deal was off because the ANC didn't want it.

FILE: Speaker Baleka Mbete sits next to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa after his question and answer session in Parliament on 19 November 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As opposition parties claim the African National Congress (ANC) never wanted agree to a deal with them over problems in Parliament, the ANC claims some of the parties went to Monday's meeting intent on keeping Parliament in chaos.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met the parties on Thursday, in a bid to stop the uproar in Parliament after the police drama in the National Assembly less than two weeks ago.

But the opposition parties claim Ramaphosa told them the deal was off because the ANC didn't want it.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane says it's clear the deputy president was overruled.

"Subsequent to the ANC's National Executive Committee, subsequent to the ANC's caucus, they wanted the deal off."

While Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says this is about internal ANC politics.

"The EFF indicated, even when the deal was reached, that deal is going to be overruled by Jacob Zuma and Gwede Mantashe and that Cyril was just exaggerating his influence."

But the ANC's Zizi Kodwa says these parties had their own agenda.

"Some political parties are not committed to finding a solution in Parliament to make sure that it does work orderly."

Malema says his party warned Ramaphosa he would be overruled when he first tried to do a deal with opposition parties in Parliament.

He says this is about other ANC leaders.

"Gwede and Zuma are driven by an intention to punish the EFF."

While Maimane says Ramaphosa had another agenda.

"That process was designed to co-opt the opposition into making sure that we never ask when the president is going to appear before Parliament."

But Kodwa says the parties just don't want Parliament to work.

"Obviously the intention is to keep Parliament in a state of catastrophe, in terms of disruption and anarchy."

This means the National Assembly is likely to make for interesting viewing again.

The National Assembly is now meeting again on Thursday.