Keep quiet and listen, Zuma tells DA MPs

2016-05-17 17:25

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma defended himself in his first question-and-answer session in Parliament since the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla.

And the president again called for more action to be taken to bring Parliament to order, saying he was available to meet with opposition MPs on the matter.

Zuma said MPs who pointed fingers, stood up and down and did not respect the speaker "need help". 

This after EFF MPs were thrown out of the sitting when they again refused to let Zuma address the House, questioning his legitimacy.

Fists, hard hats and water bottles flew as Parliament’s protection services violently removed the MPs, in a move that Speaker Baleka Mbete defended as "removing obstacles".

But this did not faze Zuma, who went on to answer questions on operation Phakisa, the judiciary, protests and his Nkandla homestead on Tuesday.

And when opposition MPs insisted that his answers were not adequate, he told them that they needed to "keep quiet and listen", so he did not have to explain himself again. 

He said government was concerned about widespread incidents of violence and destruction of public property during protests. 

"Such actions should not find a place in our democratic South Africa where people are able to engage government and also where freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Constitution. We also wish to emphasise that government continuously engages communities," he said.

He also took MPs through the benefits of Operation Phakisa.

Zuma said the Ocean Economy component of the operation had unlocked R17bn in both public sector and private sector investments.

About 4 500 new jobs had been created in this segment, he said.

Earlier in the day, the president was called a joke by DA chief whip John Steenhuisen.

"You must laugh if I’m a joke. Why aren’t you laughing," he retorted, looking at the DA benches.

The president also on Tuesday denied lying about paying a bond for his Nkandla homestead.

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