Julius Malema to ask Jacob Zuma about Nkandla in Parliament

2014-08-21 10:55

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Prepare for fireworks in Parliament today: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema will ask President Jacob Zuma when he plans to respond to the public protector’s report on Nkandla.

Zuma will appear before the National Assembly as part of his scheduled oral replies to parliamentary questions. This happens once a quarter.

Six written questions have been posed to Zuma by MPs, and Malema’s question about Nkandla appears at number three on the National Assembly order paper.

“When will he respond to the public protector’s report on security upgrades at his residence in Nkandla?” the question reads.

Before he can deal with Malema’s question – and how he will do so remains to be seen – Zuma will tackle a question from ANC MP and trade and industry portfolio chairperson Joan Fubbs on the relationship between the national development plan and the new growth path.

He will also respond to a question from Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on when he plans to table the terms of reference and establish a time frame for the inquiry he has set up to probe the fitness of national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana to hold office.

MPs are allowed to pose four follow-up questions to each of those that appear on the order paper.

Last week Zuma released a 20-page document addressed to the speaker of the National Assembly as his response to three of the reports dealing with the more than R250 million spent upgrading his Nkandla home.

These are the public protector’s report, Secure in Comfort; the joint standing committee on intelligence’s report; and that emanating from an investigation undertaken by the special investigating unit into Nkandla.

But opposition parties and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela have questioned his response, calling it inadequate.

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