Zuma's answer on Presidential Pardons unacceptable - DA

2015-04-16 19:03
(Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

(Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's answer on his process for pardoning people with criminal records was not accepted by the DA in Parliament on Thursday.

During a questions sitting, DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach had asked a supplementary question to another MP's follow-up question on the written reply Zuma had given about Presidential Pardons.

Breytenbach said there was a perception that the approval of Presidential Pardons was based on political considerations.

She asked Zuma what the "rational grounds" were for pardoning Booker Nhantsi, the husband of the NPA's Nomgcobo Jiba, of theft in 2010.

"Well, as I say, Honourable Speaker, is that people make very specific applications and the applications are looked at and on the basis of what is before us in terms of information, that is what makes us to make the decision," Zuma replied.

He said he was sure the facts must have led to that certain decision being taken.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen objected to Speaker Baleka Mbete, saying Zuma had given a vague answer. He asked Mbete to press Zuma to answer the question fully.

Mbete said an answer had been given.

"It may not have been the answer that honourable Breytenbach has been looking for, but an answer has been given," she said.

When informed that Zuma had been under no obligation to answer a question following on another MP's question, Steenhuisen said no one had objected at the time and Zuma had chosen to answer.

Mbete said: "I thought you would appreciate the fact that the president makes an effort to answer a totally new question, as supplementary question is always an unanticipated question".

Zuma also answered a question on what the progress was of the traditional affairs bill.

He said the bill would now be known as the traditional and Khoi and San leadership bill.

"This is the first time that ever in the history of our country that provision is made for the establishment of Khoi and San councils for each community," he said.

"It also makes provision for the establishment of advisory committees on Khoi and San matters to assist government with the recognition process.

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