AFRICANGLOBE – South African President Jacob Zuma will face fresh questions to repay millions of dollars used to upgrade his rural homestead during an appearance in parliament on Wednesday.
Zuma was last year ordered by the public protector Thuli Madonsela to pay back some of the money used in the construction of the Nkandla residence.
Opposition legislators last August disrupted Zuma’s address to parliament after he refused to answer questions related to the payment.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema, a former youth leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), led the disruptions.
EFF also tried to disrupt Zuma’s state of the nation address last month but the legislators were thrown out of the assembly.
In what would be viewed as a pre-emptive strike, the South African parliament said Zuma would only answer six questions.
The questions were submitted to the presidency in advance and it is unlikely that follow up enquiries would be entertained.
The president would also not deal with questions that were not answered during the August session.
However, opposition parties argue that parliamentary rules stipulate that Zuma should answer the outstanding questions.
According to the parliamentary order paper, the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) would ask Zuma to set out dates when he would appear in parliament to take oral questions.
The president’s office has already proposed that he would appear in parliament on June 18, August 6 and November 19.
EFF would ask questions related to the criminal justice system and the future of the country’s prosecuting authority and the fate of a special investigations unit of the police force.
Malema’s party also wants to know Zuma’s position “regarding the perception that at the centre of all the problems experienced by the criminal justice institutions is the desire to protect him”?
Wednesday’s session promises to be a robust with analysts predicting that Zuma would face a tough time in the House.
By: Crystal Oderson