‘Abused’ Zuma faces Par­lia­ment grilling

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CAPE TOWN — Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma will face a tough grilling dur­ing his last ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion for the year in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Zuma will an­swer ques­tions in Par­lia­ment to­day, his first ap­pear­ance since he blasted the Speaker for not “pro­tect­ing him” dur­ing his ses­sions in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

The pres­i­dent, who has not had an easy year in Par­lia­ment, will an­swer ques­tions on min­is­ters Mosebenzi Zwane and Des Van Rooyen’s bids to stop the re­lease of the State of Cap­ture re­port.

“Whether he and/or his le­gal team in­structed Zwane and/or van Rooyen, to lodge ap­pli­ca­tions to in­ter­dict the re­lease of the Public Pro­tec­tor’s re­port, en­ti­tled “State of Cap­ture”, due to the spec­i­fied per­sons’ al­leged re­la­tion­ships with the Gupta fam­ily; if not, in each case, what is the po­si­tion in this re­gard; if so, what are the rea­sons in each case?” Demo­cratic Al­liance leader Mmusi Maimane wants to know.

Zwane will again be in the spotlight with the pres­i­dent also ex­pected to an­swer ques­tions on the clo­sure of Oak­bay In­vest­ments’ ac­counts by ma­jor banks.

United Demo­cratic Move­ment leader Bantu Holomisa asks if Zuma ap­plied his mind to the pro­posal of the in­ter-min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee on the clo­sure of the ac­counts, and what his de­ci­sion in this re­gard was.

Zwane an­nounced that Cab­i­net had rec­om­mended a ju­di­cial in­quiry into the clo­sure of the bank ac­counts, but Zuma later dis­tanced Cab­i­net from the state­ment.

The pres­i­dent will also be grilled on whether govern­ment had reached an agree­ment with the stu­dents re­gard­ing 2017 higher ed­u­ca­tion fees and the govern­ment’s po­si­tion on calls for free ed­u­ca­tion.

Other ques­tions on the agenda in­clude one on whether he has found that suf­fi­cient steps have been taken by the govern­ment to sat­isfy the con­cerns ex­pressed by rat­ings agen­cies ear­lier in the year.

He will also give in­put on how govern­ment char­ac­terised its strat­egy go­ing for­ward in the diplo­matic, trade and se­cu­rity are­nas, with ref­er­ence to the an­nual South African Heads of Mis­sion Con­fer­ence that was held in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Dur­ing his last ap­pear­ance in the Na­tional As­sem­bly, Zuma said he was al­ways sub­jected to abuse by op­po­si­tion MPs.

This fol­lowed the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters’ re­fusal to let him speak on the grounds that they did not recog­nise him as the coun­try’s pres­i­dent. — Sapa

Ja­cob Zuma

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