EFF demands Zuma answer their question sooner, not later

2015-08-06 15:01
EFF MP's shout "pay back the money" in the National Assembly. Picture: Lerato Maduna

EFF MP's shout "pay back the money" in the National Assembly. Picture: Lerato Maduna

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Parliament - The EFF demanded that their question to President Jacob Zuma on Thursday be third on the list and not last, because they feared it might not be answered.

EFF MP Godrick Gardee fired the complaint at Speaker Baleka Mbete before Zuma had a chance to start. Their question was when Zuma was going to pay back the money on certain features at his Nkandla homestead.

“In terms of the prioritisation of questions, it is such that at the end of the two hours, the question by the EFF may not actually be entertained,” he said, to jeers from the house.

He recommended that their question be third instead of sixth, reflecting the number of votes they got after the ANC and the DA in the last general elections.

Mbete said the answer to the order of questions lay in the "announcements, tablings and committees" report from June last year.

“The order of the question paper today is as a result of the agreement reflected on the document,” she said.

Gardee replied that such an agreement could not “overrule” the rules of National Assembly.

The Speaker said the purpose of the sitting was for Zuma’s questions and that she had shown patience in their attempts to seek attention.

Gardee said they were allowed to contest the order. 

“South Africans know that you have all colluded to put this number as question 6 so that the question is not answered. We are not agreeing to the collusion.”

ACDP MP Steve Swart said the EFF was wasting time. He said his own party had previously been denied the chance to ask a question on the same issue because of the EFF’s disruptions.

The house clapped when he said the session should continue.

The DA’s John Steenhuisen put the record straight by saying there was no collusion between parties.  He added that the EFF had been party to the question agreement last year.

“So why are they disrupting parliament for theatrics?”

Mbete assured that Zuma always finished answering his questions.

The president finally started his speech about 14:15.

Minutes later, the EFF MP Natasha Louw interrupted the speech on a point of order, complaining that FF Plus’s Pieter Groenewald had insulted her.

He got up to speak at the mic and she said: “Let’s go outside and moer [hit] each other”.

Mbete had to ask for order before Zuma could continue.

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