Zuma's answer on Presidential Pardons unacceptable - DA

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

(Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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

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.

Read more on:    da  |  glynnis breytenbach  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2015

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.