Ramaphosa To Answer Questions From MPs In The National Assembly

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CAPE TOWN: President Cyril Ramaphosa will face Members of Parliament (MPs) for the oral question and answer session this afternoon.

Ramaphosa will answer questions from MPs for the second time since he was elected as President by Parliament earlier this year. The MPs had a chance to submit their questions 16 days in advance in writing, however, they will be allowed four follow up questions for each of the six questions the President will face. 

One of the question from the Democratic Alliance as the president on plans and measures put in place to ensure that there is economic growth in the midst of policy uncertainty, especially in relation to the land reform debate.

“What are the details of the assurances that his newly appointed envoys will give potential foreign investors in order to ensure that the National Development Plan’s growth target are met despite the government’s plan to expropriate land without compensation?,” ask DA leader Mmusi Maimane. 

Other questions touches on issues of jobs, inequality which are from his own party. “What is his position with regard to the finding and proposals contained in the South Africa economic update (jobs and inequality) report of the World Bank April 2018. Which include many findings that the government itself has made?,” ANC MP Ruth Bhengu asks.  

However, Ramaphosa will have a headache when Cope MP Deidre Carter is expected to ask: “Whether, in the interests of transparency, accountability, responsibility, the rule of law and the best interests of the country, he will establish a commission of inquiry into the alleged serious dysfunction, malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of resources of the state, including financial resources, for wrongful ends within the Crime Intelligence division of the SA Police Service and the State Security Agency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

The sitting, which only has the questions to Ramaphosa on the agenda, is scheduled for 14:00.