EFF can question Zuma

2015-02-01 06:27

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The ANC has given up its fight to introduce new rules that would have barred EFF members from interrupting President Jacob Zuma during the forthcoming state of the nation address (Sona).

Cumbersome parliamentary procedures and an anxiety not to be seen to be panicking over the EFF’s threats led the party to cancel a joint rules committee meeting on Friday, which would have approved the new rules that include barring MPs from questioning the president during the Sona.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen also confirmed that various opposition parties, excluding the EFF, had met Speaker Baleka Mbete informally on Thursday and highlighted the problems with pursuing new rules aimed at one political party.

“We said it wouldn’t be a good idea to convene a special sitting to adopt rules directed at the EFF before the Sona. We said to her, ‘If you can do that, then you can bring the president to come and answer questions,’” said Steenhuisen.

The efforts to speedily amend the rules to ensure there was an express rule barring MPs from asking a question of the president, or rising on a point of order during the Sona fell flat as parliamentary procedures require new rules to be adopted by a sitting of the relevant House.

» Get your copy of City Press newspaper today for the full story.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.