Leaders from 11 opposition parties met with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa,to initiate crisis talks last week Tuesday, 11 November following the chaos that had erupted in Parliament the previous week. These talks were aimed at putting Parliament back on track.
Ramaphosa announced on Thursday, that an agreement had been reached with opposition leaders on a number of points that will allow for Parliament's dignity and its standing in the eyes of the public to be restored.
The brokered ‘peace deal’ fell apart last week, less than 24 hours after it had been brokered, after the Democratic Alliance (DA) failed to withdraw its motion of censure against President Jacob Zuma.
Speaking to 702, DA Parliamentary Leader MMusi Maimane explained that the deal the opposition parties wanted was one that would strengthen executive accountability, following the president being heckled about Nkandla on August 21 and the presence of riot police in the National Assembly last week.
Photo: DA Parliamentary Leader, MMusi Maimane. EWN.
Maimane revealed that the deal was broken off by the ruling party, because the conditions of the proposed agreement did not suit the ANC.
Where we go from there is that opposition parties still affirm that those principles of that deal must be in place, that what we wanted to achieve with that deal shall continue. That’s still our affirmation and our standing position … It’s clear that the process was designed to co-opt opposition into making sure that we never ask when the President is going to appear before Parliament.— DA Parliamentary Spokesperson, Mmusi Maimane
Now that the truce deal has been brokered off, what’s next for our Parliament then? Listen to the full interview with Maimane below: