6 November 2018

South Africa: Opposition Fisticuffs and Racial Epithets As Ramaphosa Lays Down Anti-Corruption Line, Even for His Kin

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President Cyril Ramaphosa said he'd take his son to the police himself if he were involved in unlawful or corrupt dealings. Speaking during his final 2018 question slot in the House on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said he had asked his son Andile 'at close range' about a R500,000 payment from Bosasa - the company has several government contracts - and was told it was for advisory consultancy services. DA leader Mmusi Maimane snuck in this question in a clear but unsuccessful attempt to unsettle Ramaphosa. And the president showed his political craftiness by turning scenes of chaos on the opposition into a message of social cohesion.

Tuesday was President Cyril Ramaphosa's last Q&A session for the year in the National Assembly. The day had started smoothly with his address to the ANC parliamentary caucus now that he's the country's president. The last time Ramaphosa addressed the parliamentary caucus he was ANC president, but still South Africa's deputy president.

The ANC parliamentary caucus was scheduled as a "special" meeting - the usual slot for party-political caucuses in Parliament is Thursday...

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