Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota received a rare standing ovation from the EFF in the National Assembly during the Sona debate on Wednesday after accusing President Cyril Ramaphosa of selling out during the struggle in the 1970s. Lekota caused chaos when he stood to present his contribution to the debate after refusing to speak in Ramaphosa’s absence, saying he needed to respond to the president’s invitation to a “trip” he had extended to the Cope leader on Thursday during his Sona.
“The president addressed me when I was here. I want to answer some of the things he said to me,” said an adamant Lekota, who was criticised by stand-in speaker Thandi Modise for his “amnesia”. “You now amaze me.
From 1994 you have been sitting on these benches. You do know that during the Sona … this amnesia is amazing. The president or any other minister is just a human being, They do have a chance to go out and come back.
Since 1994, you and I are witnesses that in fact there were instances where the presidents would not even be here. He’s got staff here, he’s got deputies, he’s got ministers and people who will take notes and keep him updated when he comes in,” said Modise. EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi stood up and accused Lekota of “holding the house to ransom”.
“His time is up.