Parliament questions, not power, top Cabinet concerns

Forget rolling blackouts or the fact that you haven’t received your mail in months. Cabinet concerns over President Jacob Zuma answering questions in Parliament topped the agenda at a media briefing in Pretoria today, relegating all else – including 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.

He referred to Zuma’s attempts to answer questions in the National Assembly on August 21, 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 that the Cabinet was not aware of any National Assembly order paper issued since August 21 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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