Zuma’s State of the Nation threatened

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 12, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have announced that it will not hesitate in disrupting President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address next month, unless he faces questions before Parliament reconvenes on February 12th.

According to City Press, party leader Julius Malema has submitted a two-page letter to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, requesting a special meeting for Zuma to answer questions from opposition parties. Zuma has not appeared in Parliament since last year’s chaotic session on August 21st when EFF members demanded that he pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on the security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence as per Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report, in which the President was discovered to have unduly benefitted from the improvements.

“Please note that failure to accommodate our request will give us no other option but to insist that President Jacob Zuma answer the questions (during) the state of the nation address,” Malema said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Mbete, Mandlakazi Sicgawu, has confirmed that the letter is being reviewed.

 

 

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