MPs were debating parliament's budget, which Mapisa-Nqakula tabled on Tuesday.
In Ramaphosa’s defence, ANC MP Bheki Radebe said the president has a right to due legal process, he was not arrested and has not been charged.
“He says he is going to co-operate with the legal processes. I don’t think that as this parliament we must put the cart before the horse. You know very well a person has got a right to protect himself, he cannot incriminate himself,” said Radebe.
The UDM’s Nqabayomzi Kwankwa reminded Mapisa-Nqakula that Holomisa had written to her asking that a process be set in motion to inquire and to investigate the allegations that are made against the president where he is alleged to have laundered money and attempted to evade tax.
“I thought that after the realisation of all the aforementioned that SA is on the brink of becoming a failed state was enough for us to get us to back away from the precipice.
“However, after listening to our colleagues making all sorts of irrational arguments in defence of the president in respect of these allegations that relate to the theft of more than $4m hidden at his farm, I felt a strong sense of de ja vu,” he said.