National Assembly Q&A : Ramaphosa expected to answer on Marikana, COVID-19 vaccines, cabinet reshuffle

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will have his quarterly Question and Answer session in the National Assembly on Friday morning.

Political parties have submitted a range of questions that they would like answered by the president.

African National Congress (ANC) MPs have asked about the advancement of social cohesion and nation-building, the economic reconstruction plan and policy interventions to ensure the turnaround of local government.

Ramaphosa will also face tough questions from opposition parties regarding the appointment of ministers, the Marikana massacre and the protection of people who don’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen will seek to corner the Ramaphosa on issues related to his recent cabinet reshuffle.

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His question is about the criteria the president uses to appoint ministers.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Meshoe wants Ramaphosa to say what steps the government is taking to protect unvaccinated employees who are given ultimatums by their employers.

He’s also asked if there will be protection for tenants who face losing their accommodation if they don’t get vaccinated.

National Freedom Party MP Ahmed Shaik-Emam wants to know the reasons for the delay in bringing about a resolution to the outstanding matters of compensation for victims of the Marikana massacre.

He will also ask when those responsible will be held accountable for the deaths of the miners to ensure closure for the affected families.

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