CAPE TOWN: Members of Parliament, for a second day, were responding to Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address.
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota put up a fight in Parliament to personally address President Cyril Ramaphosa, accusing him of selling out ANC leaders.
Just as Lekota took the podium, he was told by stand-in speaker Thandi Modise “honourable Lekota, the president just stepped out, you can continue”.
However, Lekota responded: “Madam speaker, shouldn’t I wait for the president? I would like… I would like…”
“No, no honourable Lekota, now you are wasting your time,” interjected Modise.
“No, no, no. The president addressed me when he was here on the podium. I want the president because I want to answer some of the things he said to me. He called me by name. He called me by name.”
Modise reminded Lekota that the president could step out and return, adding: “If you do not exercise the 4 minutes allocated to you, you will forfeit it.”
A Cope MP then suggested that an ANC speaker address the House and then allow Lekota to respond when the president returns, but this was turned down. The EFF initially said Lekota was holding the House to ransom, but later volunteered to give him 8 minutes of their time. This was also turned down.
“This issue of selling out is very important,” EFF leader Julius Malema said.
According to an Independent Political Analyst, Molifi Tshabalala, “COPE president Mosiua Lekota has given the EFF a rallying point. Unfortunately, President Cyril Ramaphosa cannot just shrug off this allegation without a commission of inquiry to investigate it.”
Tshabalala linked the allegations raised by Lekota against Ramaphosa as the same one that was raised against the former national director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka.
“When the report emerged that Bulelani Ngcuka might have been an RS452 apartheid spy, former President Thabo Mbeki set up the Hefer Commission to clear him. At his disposal, Mbeki had information that Ngcuka was not the apartheid spy, but he needed an inquiry to absolve him,” Tshabalala said.
Ramaphosa will respond to MPs questions today in the National Assembly.