- Cyril Ramaphosa answered a variety of questions from MPs on Thursday
- Mzansi weighed in with their reactions
- Many praised the way the president handled the questions, but some raised concerns about the issue of prescribed assets, in particular
Cyril Ramaphosa fielded a number of tough questions from MPs in Parliament on Thursday.
These covered a range of topics, from the NHI and prescribed assets to the CR17 leaks and more.
Here's how Mzani reacted to the president's responses.
While not everyone was happy with Ramaphosa's answers, many said they thought the president had defended himself well, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The Daily Maverick, for example, has said that Ramaphosa used the questions to his advantage and tried to improve the topic of the CR17 leaks.
Several South Africans on social media agreed. One, Tyrone Maseko, said it was refreshing to have a president who could seriously engage with tough questions.
"Like Ramaphosa or not but you have to acknowledge that he at least responds to questions," Maseko said. "Not so long ago all we had was a constant clearing of the throat and a mumble of something incoherent."
However, not all the responses to Ramaphosa's answers were positive. The DA, somewhat unsurprisingly, slammed the president for failing to answer Mmusi Maimane's question about the Bosasa donation made to his campaign.
DA MP Hlanganani Gumbi also took on the issue of prescribed assets, which Ramaphosa said the ANC was considering. This would involve investing public retirement savings into government projects.
"The biggest and most dangerous take-away so far from President Ramaphosa's Q&A is that he is prepared to take the pensions and life savings of state employees to bail out failed state companies like Eskom," Gumbi said. "It's not his money to gamble with!"
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