ANC denies claims its paying ‘lip service’

Opposition MPs grilled Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa over corruption in Parliament today.

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has denied the African National Congress is paying 'lip service' to combating corruption.

He's told MPs the ruling party sees corruption as one of the main ills afflicting the country.

Ramaphosa made the comments after coming under pressure from opposition MPs in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane wasn't satisfied with Ramaphosa's response to his question about what he was doing about the Public Protectors findings on corruption in government departments and entities such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

"[I'm] asking the deputy president, what is he going to do, not all of us."

But the deputy president says they are dealing with corruption.

"This is a ruling party that is not 'paying lip service' to the issue of dealing with corruption. It is actually getting down to business."