But the MPs settled down at once, as Ramaphosa progressed to deliver his first state of the nation address in earnest.
But for those who are working late or don't have access to television coverage, Parliament's always-entertaining YouTube channel has already primed its livestream for viewing.
President Ramaphosa, after he was sworn in on Thursday afternoon, said in a brief remark that he would be focusing on how to improve state-owned enterprises, deal with state capture and fight corruption. "We have found that all members tend to get involved in operational matters up to procurement".
16 de febrero de 2018, 16:35Pretoria, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) President Cyril Ramaphosa said today that a new dawn is upon South Africa and "we should put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and weakened confidence in leaders". There was a poor and, therefore, easily corruptible man in charge and he needed to be replaced by a very rich and, therefore, or so their argument went, incorruptible person.
Speaking to Inside Education on Friday, Professor Ruksana Osman said that Ramaphosa will have to address the "overall functionality" of the education system to ensure that all children have access to a good quality education.
Ramaphosa, 65, faces the hard task of rooting out corruption that flourished in both state enterprises and the private sector under Zuma, implicating figures in the ruling African National Congress party that he now leads.
"This is the year in which we will turn the tide on corruption in our public institutions", Ramaphosa said.
The president had in January, when he was still deputy president, ordered Eskom to appoint a new board and fire all executives accused of corruption and maladministration.
His ties to a mining company, Lonmin, made him, in the minds of many South Africans, the symbol of an ANC elite that had lost touch with its base - a sellout, some said.
The ANC leadership had on Tuesday advised Zuma to step down from office or risk being impeached by the parliament.
"Speculation is rife over who will read the budget on Wednesday, although we will be more focused on the content than the persona".
"I now call on the honourable president to address the joint sitting", Speaker Baleka Mbete said.
President Buhari has hence, expressed his interest to work with President Buhari.
Ramaphosa also spoke about Zuma, sending a word of gratitude to him for what he said was the manner in which the former president approached the issue around his removal.
The ANC now must try to rebuild its reputation ahead of next year's elections.
In recent weeks, Ramaphosa chipped away at Zuma's support with an undeniable argument: The prospects of the party and its members would be better in a government led by Ramaphosa.