“It cannot be speaker that we are going to allow this to go on as if it is not a serious issue. Before the programme for this particular term ends, the president must be summoned to account and take the nation into his confidence,” said Zungula.
He was backed by UDM chief whip Nqabayomzi Kwankwa who said at the time the programming committee decided to defer the next question session to the next term the context was different, as there were no allegations against the president.
In Ramaphosa’s defence, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina there was no basis to summon the president.
“Zungula is saying there are allegations, and now he wants us to summon the president on the allegations, that we are not going to do. That is not within the rules anywhere; on allegations, the case that is not with us, on a case that is open in a police station. On what basis should we summon the president?” she said.
Former correctional services commissioner Arthur Fraser last week announced he had laid criminal charges against Ramaphosa, which emanate from the theft of millions of US dollars concealed on the premises of the president's Phala Phala farm in Waterberg, Limpopo, by criminals who were allegedly colluding with his domestic worker.
In response, the presidency said last week there was no basis for the claims of criminal conduct made against Ramaphosa in Fraser’s statement.