Six questions for Zuma in March, no response to those unanswered in August


Parliament has announced that President Jacob Zuma will only respond to six questions during the National Assembly’s first Q&A session on March 11th, and that he will not deal with those left unanswered following the chaotic August 21st sitting.

“The outstanding August 21 2014 questions were responded to as written replies on February 10 2015 for the benefit of the Members of Parliament who had asked the questions. The presidency issued the replies to the media and the public on the same day,” Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Responding to the announcement, Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen, said that the decision is simply another opportunity for the president “to escape accountability.”

“The fact that the Presidency is now dictating Parliament’s programme, and the Speaker [Baleka Mbete] has to plead with it for dates, is simply absurd and a complete dereliction of duty on her part,” Steenhuisen said in a statement on the party’s website.

He also added that the party would be writing to Mbete, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and government businesses, requesting a “full breakdown of the exchanges that have taken place between The Presidency and Parliament on this issue”.

Zuma has not appeared in the National Assembly to answer questions since the infamous August sitting when members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), began chanting “pay back the money” in reference to h to pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades at his private Nkandla home.


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