President, DP to answer oral questions in Parliament

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza are scheduled to appear before the houses of Parliament this afternoon to respond to questions from MPs.

President Ramaphosa is scheduled to answer questions for oral reply in the National Assembly (NA) plenary sitting, while Deputy President Mabuza will do the same in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). 

These regular oral question and answer sessions are an important mechanism through which Parliamentarians hold the executive to account.

President Ramaphosa will use his session to brief the nation on government’s efforts to revitalise the economy, the fight against crime as well as South Africa’s objectives for its forthcoming term on the United Nations Security Council.

“The President will answer questions on the revitalisation of the economy through the partnerships that South Africa has entered into with China. The President is expected to outline how the partnership agreements are structured to benefit South Africa’s development trajectory,” said the Presidency.

President Ramaphosa will further expand on government’s economic stimulus package that is designed to offset slow economic growth, which has resulted in a technical recession.

In this regard, the President will share with Parliament how the South African Infrastructure Fund will transform government’s approach to the rollout, building and implementing infrastructure projects.

The President will also address Parliament on government’s strategy to combat taxi and gang violence, cash-in-transit heists, car robberies, vandalism during community protests and other crimes.

Following the election of South Africa to serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2019 - 2020, President Ramaphosa will set out the mandate that South Africa will work towards to promote peace and cooperation among all nations in pursuit of a better Africa and a better world.

The Deputy President, for his part, will answer questions around the Moral Regeneration Movement’s plans to stop violence in schools; steps taken to improve accountability and enforce sanctions against alleged corrupt board directors and management of State-owned enterprises, and how the R370 billion in development project financing, which government secured from China, is impacting public employment programmes. –