Presidency proposes National Assembly dates for Zuma

2015-03-03 14:01
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Johannesburg - The presidency has proposed dates on which President Jacob Zuma will appear in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to respond to oral questions.

"Given the pressure on the president's diary, some unforeseen circumstances may cause changes in the schedule during the year," presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Tuesday.

"President Zuma is already scheduled to appear on the 11th of March 2015 in the National Assembly for the first quarter."

The dates proposed for the National Assembly in the three remaining quarters were: 18 June, 6 August and 19 November.

For the NCOP the presidency proposed 14 May.

Nkandla saga

Zuma has come under fire from opposition parties for not coming to account to Parliament.

In August last year, Economic Freedom Fighters MPs interrupted Zuma when he was answering a question on the Nkandla saga and chanted in unison "pay back the money", referring to funds misspent on his private homestead.

That led to EFF leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs being suspended from Parliament late last year without pay for two to four weeks.

Last month, Parliament said Zuma would respond to only six questions in the National Assembly on March 11. This prompted a demand from the Democratic Alliance for an additional session.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen told Parliament's programming committee the March 11 session would not deal with questions that Zuma failed to answer in the chaotic sitting of August 21.

However, the presidency, in response to Steenhuisen, said Zuma had responded to the unanswered questions in writing.

Read more on:    eff  |  mac maharaj  |  julius malema  |  jacob zuma  |  john steenhuisen  |  parliament

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