By Flora Drury and Natasha Booty
South Africa’s newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa has told parliament that “issues of corruption and how we deal with state capture are on our [the ANC’s]radar”.
He made the comments in response to The Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) Narend Singh, who had called on the governing ANC to remove ministers accused of state capture involvement and deal with crime.
President Ramaphosa gave a tongue-in-cheek reply to Mmusu Maimane of the Democratic Alliance (DA), who had said moments earlier that he welcomed the new appointment but also said South Africa had an “ANC problem”. He dismissed the DA’s leader comment as “grandstanding”, telling parliament:
Mr Maimane almost soils his honourable words by saying, ‘I’m going to see you in 2019’. But he’s running ahead of himself because I’m going to see him here in the house on an ongoing basis.
Let’s work together on how we will improve lives rather than grandstanding.”
Mr Ramaphosa appealed to parliament for cross-party unity, saying: “South Africa must come first in everything we do.”
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Mmusu Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance which made significant gains in 2016’s local elections, said that South Africa did not have a Zuma problem, but an “ANC problem”.
Speaking at today’s parliament sitting, he added:
“You sitting on this [ANC] side could not even tell him what he had done wrong.”
However, he added: “I want you to know, if you act in the interests of the people of South Africa, we will cooperate as best as we can to assist you.”
Mr Maimune also called for elections “so we can bring a new beginning to South Africa”.
The Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) Narend Singh called on the governing ANC to: Remove ministers accused of state capture involvement, provide certainty on free education university, deal with crime and gangsterism,
“This is not carte-blanche support,” he warned. “We will keep you and your cabinet on your toes.”
* Source: BBC