The debate is throwing up a lot of issues and concerns of different MPs.
Consequently, EFF leader Julius Malema says he will not believe President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to fight corruption until he fires minister Nomvula Mokonyane from the cabinet.
“You can’t have people highly implicated‚ Mr President‚ in your cabinet and you come and tell us you are committed to fight corruption‚” he said‚ adding: “Unless you too have benefited from frozen chicken. If you’ve eaten the frozen chicken you will be scared.”
Malema was making reference to accusations that Mokonyane received groceries from corruption-accused company Bosasa.
During his address in the debate on the state of the nation address on Tuesday‚ Malema said there was clear evidence that Mokonyane was involved in corruption and questioned whether “Nomvula has something we don’t know on you”.
The leader of the red berets told Ramaphosa to cut the size of his cabinet and to do away with deputy ministers.
“You got too many deputy ministers for patronage for factional politics. You’ve got a too-big cabinet for no reason but to balance dynamics and factionalism at the expense of the taxpayer‚” Malema said.
He said while he had nothing personal against energy minister Jeff Radebe‚ he should be removed from cabinet.
“He has stayed for too long. From 1994 … Anyone who was there from Mandela’s era must be put aside and let the young blood come in … people with energy‚” Malema said.