Zuma to field questions in National Assembly

2016-09-12 14:19
President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

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Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma will return to the National Assembly to answer questions from MPs for the first time this term on Tuesday.

The president is due to answer six questions, mostly from the ANC, on topics ranging from plans to avoid a ratings downgrade to improving effective governance.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants clarity on how the new presidential state-owned companies co-ordinating council will interact with the existing inter-ministerial committee on state-owned enterprises.

Zuma was named as chairperson of a new co-ordinating committee. It was announced at a media briefing on the outcomes of Cabinet’s lekgotla in August.

Maimane would also ask Zuma about the country’s possible ratings downgrade: “In light of the fact that a sovereign ratings downgrade is likely to occur in the coming months, what plan of action does the government have in place to avoid such an occurrence and to ensure that the poor are not adversely affected, that jobs are created and that investors still see South Africa as a safe, desirable investment destination?”

ANC MP Humphrey Mmemezi would question Zuma on what projects the inter-ministerial committee on investment would implement in the next two years.

Another ANC MP, Xitlhangoma Mabasa, will ask the president about the nature of increased Japanese investment in South Africa.

Other questions are about improving governance of the state and plans to implement government’s nine-point plan.

In his last appearance in the National Assembly on May 17, Zuma faced a hostile reception from EFF MPs. They were again forcefully removed from the House after they refused to let Zuma speak.

Hard hats, water bottles, and fists flew as the EFF MPs clashed with Parliament’s protection services.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  mmusi mai­mane  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2016

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