I have never been nervous in my life – Zuma

2015-02-08 17:49

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President Jacob Zuma said he was not nervous about threatened disruptions by the EFF in Parliament during his state of the nation address on Thursday.

“I have never been nervous in my life, never,” he said when asked by journalists about this.

Zuma was fielding questions at a lunch hosted by him for editors and senior journalists at the presidential guest house in Pretoria today.

He said he would abide by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s ruling should EFF MPs raise a point of order before his speech to ask him about paying back part of the R246 million spent on upgrades at his Nkandla home.

“Well it all depends on the rules of Parliament,” he said.

“I listen to the Speaker. If anybody rises on a point of order then the Speaker determines in terms of the rules. I don’t think there is anything extraordinary. I think what is important is that all members of Parliament should act honourably, not dishonourably, by being ready to be directed by the Speaker.

“Parliament operates on rules so you can’t say if a particular person says something, I will do this. You can’t decide, the Speaker will decide. If, for example, the Speaker thought that a question was within the rules, the Speaker will make the ruling.

“So in Parliament you go there without knowing exactly what members will rise and ask, unless you have questions first.”

When asked about whether he would pay back the money for Nkandla as recommended by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Zuma said Mbete should never have allowed the question in the National Assembly when the EFF asked it (in August last year).

He said there was a parliamentary committee dealing with the matter.

He also said he had nothing to do with the upgrades at his Nkandla home, which meant he owed no money.

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