“Zuma is going to answer questions on the 12th” - Malema

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 22, 2015

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has said that the party will not wait until March 11th to pose questions to President Jacob Zuma, and that they “have an appointment with him on the 12th of February”, when Zuma is due to give his State of the Nation (SONA) address.

Malema’s comments comes after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s office yesterday announced that Zuma would appear in Parliament during March to answer questions from opposition parties after the August 21st chaos in which EFF members chanted “pay back the money” in reference to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report, which stated that Zuma should pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades at his private residence.

“The leadership of the EFF is highly charged and… we cannot abandon the programme. We are confronting corruption and we are confronting the face of corruption and therefore we must not be apologetic about it,” Sapa quoted Malema as saying.

“We are going to have a heated argument between ourselves and the president and the Speaker including those voting cattle of the ANC there,” he said.

Malema also added that a police presence inside the National Assembly during Zuma’s SONA address would not be necessary as they have “no room to play where members of Parliament are arguing amongst themselves”.

“They are not elected, they must go and fight crime somewhere else. It's not a crime to ask the president questions so there is no need for them to come into Parliament.”

During a November 13th sitting, riot police had to intervene after EFF MP, Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela, called Zuma a thief due to his alleged involvement in a hydro-electric dam project in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Refusing to retract her statement, the police were called to remove her resulting in mass chaos with different parties blaming each other.

 

CAPTION: Screen grab of EFF MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela the moment she refered to President Jacob Zuma as a thief during Parliament's November 13th sitting. IMAGE sourced from eNCA

 

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