Parly questions top Cabinet concerns

2014-12-11 13:01
President Jacob Zuma gives the State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town. (Sumaya Hisham, Pool, AP)

President Jacob Zuma gives the State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town. (Sumaya Hisham, Pool, AP)

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Pretoria - Cabinet concerns over President Jacob Zuma answering questions in Parliament topped the agenda at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, relegating the country's electricity crisis to second place.

"From the outset, Cabinet would like to clarify the misperception that President Jacob Zuma has refused to answer questions in Parliament," Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe told reporters, following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting the day before.

He then referred to Zuma's attempts to answer questions in the National Assembly on 21 August, saying those who had stopped him "have no moral grounds to twist the facts and suddenly claim that it is the president who does not want to orally reply to [members'] questions".

Radebe said Cabinet was not aware of any National Assembly order paper issued since 21 August scheduling Zuma to answer oral questions.

"Therefore it cannot be true that the president has refused to answer questions in the National Assembly," he said.

With that out of the way, Radebe then turned his attention to the electricity crisis threatening the country's economy and stability.

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