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No South African is above the law, says Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa has lashed out against what he says appears to be open conflict among government institutions.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says while disagreements within government should be solved through dialogue, nobody is above the law.

Ramaphosa has lashed out against what he says appears to be open conflict among government institutions, which has created the impression of a state at war with itself.

He has called on all those working for the state to always be aware of their conduct, which he says creates perceptions which become reality.

The deputy president says no person is above the law.

"No one in South Africa should ever be seen to be above the law."

But he says even when the law is executed, it shouldn't be done in a disruptive manner.

"As we execute the rule of law, we must ensure that we do it in a way where we ensure stability in the body politics of our country."

Ramaphosa also says those in government should avoid doing anything that could create the impression that their efforts to fight wrongdoing are informed by motives other than the interests of South Africans.