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"Ramaphosa fudged his responses and struggled to defend government's position"

23 August 2017 5:59 PM
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Cyril Ramaphosa
Parliament Q&A

EWN's Rahima Essop reports on Ramaphosa's Q&A in Parliament on Mugabe's immunity and government's decision to sell Telkom stake.

EWN reporter Rahima Essop was in parliament today when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa faced a question and answer session.

The big issue of the day was government's decision to sell Telkom stake to bail out SA and the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Alf Lees put the question to Ramaphosa in the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

MPs asked Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa whether he supports the sale of a good asset to save a bad asset and whether Cabinet has approved this move.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Ramaphosa responded by saying that Lees could be prosecuted for being in possession of a secret document.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

She says this prompted DA chief whip John Steenhuisen to intervene.

Ramaphosa then side-stepped the question

Ramaphosa was then put on the spot by IFP's Liezel van der Merve when asked to explain the decision to grant grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Ramaphosa fudged his response and struggled to defend the government's position. He waffled on about how immunity was granted under an internationally recognised regulation...it was devoid of substance.

Rahima Essop, EWN reporter

Listen to more questions put to Ramaphosa:


23 August 2017 5:59 PM
Tags:
Cyril Ramaphosa
Parliament Q&A