South African President Jacob Zuma has called on members of parliament to show respect and tolerance towards one another.
This follows the debate on the Presidency’s Budget vote, which was characterised by heckling and shouting.
President Jacob Zuma says the necessity of respect everyone should agree on is the manner in which everyone interacts.“It’s absolutely important, I’m not pointing fingers to any individual I’m talking on this issue on a general play – it is important and if I don’t do it, then I’ve failed as one of the leaders in this country.”
Turning to the envisaged BRICS Development Bank, the President defended South Africa’s 150 million US dollar contribution.
“It’s important to note that the benefits of participating in the new development bank by far outweigh the costs of establishing it.”
Zuma says the bank will complement existing sources of financing to cater for the ever increasing development needs in areas of energy, rail, road and other economic infrastructure.
Regarding land tenure proposals, there was confirmation that no foreign national should own land in South Africa. And that existing foreign land ownership should be converted into a long term lease.
The president announced that former Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya will join former deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad as special envoys to the Middle East.