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Ramaphosa snubs signal jammer, EFF removal questions

The deputy president answered questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has declined to answer questions regarding the signal jamming and the use of police to forcefully remove Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Mmusi Maimane asked the deputy president to give a guarantee that the same incident would not happen again.

"I would like to get a guarantee from the deputy president to ensure that, that never takes place noting his constitutional obligation on this matter."

Ramaphosa responded by saying that the matter was in the hands of the law.

"Since this matter is before the courts, and indeed there are two cases that are running with this matter and they are going to be heard in court."

'BRING BACK THE SIGNAL'

Media houses took to court challenging the jamming of cellphone signals in Parliament ahead of Sona.

Primedia Broadcasting was joined by Media 24, the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K).

They asked the court to force National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to ensure there wouldn't be a repeat of the telecommunications blackout at Sona.

Journalists started chanting ' bring back the signal' when they realised they couldn't send any information out from their devices.

EFF MEMBERS FORCEFULLY REMOVED FROM PARLIAMENT

Once the president took the podium, EFF MPs disrupted him and asked the president when he would be paying back the money spent on his Nkandla home.

A debate started between EFF leader Julius Malema and Mbete, who then asked the Malema to leave the chamber.

A group of men in white shirts and black pants entered the room, and removed them with force, resulting in scuffles.

The EFF then retreated into their Parliamentary offices to give statements to police.

Maimane demanded to know whether the people who removed the EFF members were police officers.