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Opposition MPs lash govt on state of economy

DA leader Mmusi Maimane laid the blame at President Jacob Zuma’s door.

FILE: Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane laid the blame at President Jacob Zuma’s door. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties have lashed the government over the state of the country's economy.

But the African National Congress (ANC) Members of Parliament (MP) hit back during a debate in the National Assembly on Tuesday, although their benches had largely emptied by the time the debate began.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane laid the blame at President Jacob Zuma's door.

"He cannot deny this because even the documents released by the ANC for the national general council confirm there's an economic crisis in South Africa."

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told Maimane there were two approaches to problems largely caused by external forces.

"We see a global storm coming, let's blame government and whip the ANC with it. The other approach says we see stormy conditions, let's steer carefully, keep the crew united and get beyond the storm."

The ANC's Sello Tleane said opposition pessimism was chasing away potential investors and tourists.