Presidency proposes dates for Zuma to appear in parly

2015-03-03 14:58

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The presidency has proposed dates on which President Jacob Zuma will appear in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to respond to oral questions.

“Given the pressure on the president’s diary, some unforeseen circumstances may cause changes in the schedule during the year,” presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said today.

“President Zuma is already scheduled to appear on the March 11 2015 in the National Assembly for the first quarter.”

The dates proposed for the National Assembly in the three remaining quarters were: June 18, August 6 and November 19.

For the National Council of Provinces the presidency proposed May 14.

Zuma has come under fire from opposition parties for not coming to account to Parliament.

In August last year, Economic Freedom Fighters MPs interrupted Zuma when he was answering a question on the Nkandla saga and chanted in unison “pay back the money”, referring to funds misspent on his private homestead.

That led to EFF leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs being suspended from Parliament late last year without pay for two to four weeks.

Last month, Parliament said Zuma would respond to only six questions in the National Assembly on March 11. This prompted a demand from the Democratic Alliance for an additional session.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen told Parliament’s programming committee that the March 11 session would not deal with questions that Zuma failed to answer in the chaotic sitting of August 21.

However, the presidency, in response to Steenhuisen, said Zuma had responded to the unanswered questions in writing.

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