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JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
This was Ramaphosa's first question and answer session as President of South Africa.
He was set to answer questions on, among other issues, his plans for economic recovery and his plan to reestablish public confidence in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Ramaphosa was also to address government’s proposed land reform programme.
Wednesday’s session is expected to be less dramatic than those of his predecessor, former president Jacob Zuma, who often faced disruptions by opposition MPs while attempting to speak.
Ramaphosa says govt has paid R15.3m to the personal legal costs of Fmr President Jacob Zuma since 2006. R7.5m spent on period of 2006 and the withdrawl of corruption charges in 2009. R7.8m spent since 2009 #RamaphosaQandA— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) March 14, 2018
EFF's Malema to Ramaphosa: Which law were relying on when you paid Zuma's legal bills? Zuma lost the spy tapes. Is he now going to pay from his personal offers. This amount, does it include Nkandla Case? PP Case? If you take all that, this amount is not accurate. #RamaphosaQandA— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) March 14, 2018
Ramaphosa: Land grabs will not be allowed. That is anarchy. That is against the tenets of the Constitution. #RamaphosaQandA— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) March 14, 2018
EFF MP Malema thanks Ramaphosa for recognising Mashaba's work on land reform in Johannesburg, and calls him 'our EFF mayor', suggesting the DA will lose support given their position on land. #NationalAssembly #RamaphosaQandA— AC Fick (@acfick72) March 14, 2018
Ramaphosa says he’s dealing with the issue of NDPP Shaun Abrahams to bring public confidence back to the NPA. #RamaphosaQandA— Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) March 14, 2018
#RamaphosaQandA Ramaphosa says he has met with Justice Minister and NPA's confidence must be increased, its confidence has gone down and the issue of the director of NPA is before court and allow court to process it and we will know how to chart forward.— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) March 14, 2018
Over the years, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs have been thrown out of the house for these disruptions.