Date for unanswered questions set

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 12, 2015

The Presidency has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will be answering outstanding questions at a fifth sitting of National Assembly on November 3rd. He is expected to next appear on June 18th with the remaining dates being August 6th and November 19th.

In a statement, Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said that the president that will also respond to questions at a sitting of the National Council of Provinces on May 14th, and attend the Precedency’s Budget Vote the following month.

The announcement comes after yesterday’s heated sitting in Parliament, where members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) accused Zuma of failing to fulfil his constitutional role of appearing in Parliament at least four times a year to answer to questions from opposition parties.

His last appearance on August 21 was marred by EFF MP famously shouting pay back the money out of protest for his failure to pay back a portion of the R246-million spent on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.

Zuma has vehemently denied the allegations, saying that he has always come to Parliament when asked, and never refused when told to do so.

Speaking in a statement, DA Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane, said that confirmation date was “a victory for accountability, Parliament, the Opposition and the people of South Africa”.

“President Zuma can no longer evade accountability due to the consistent work by the Democratic Alliance. His modus operandi of ducking-and-diving when called to account is coming to an end.

“The President has shown the highest level of disdain for mechanisms and institutions of accountability, we will therefore make this point when the House sits to debate the motion of no confidence in the President that I tabled a few weeks ago,” he said.

 

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