Malema’s ‘special sitting’ withheld

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 13, 2015

Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s request for a special questions and answers session to President Jacob Zuma, has been denied by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

“I would urge you to desist from such conduct and instead engage constructively in processing matters relating to the functioning of the [National] Assembly],“ Mbete wrote, citing the letter submitted by Malema last week Friday, as intimidation.

Malema reportedly demanded the session after the EFF had threatened to disrupt Zuma’s State of the Nation address next month, out of protest for the President not appearing in the National Assembly to answer questions from opposition parties.

Mbete stated that Malema would be granted the opportunity after the president’s address, adding that “The State of the Nation address on 12 February 2015 is not the appropriate forum or occasion for a question session of the National Assembly.”

Zuma’s last appearance in Parliament on August 21st was marred by the EFF bashing on tables and chanting ‘pay back the money"after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had revealed that Zuma unduly benefitted from the security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.

 

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