The office of the South African Speaker of the National Assembly has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma will answer questions in Parliament on March 11.
“The office of the Speaker of the National Assembly has today received from the Presidency confirmation of a date for Questions to the President as 11 March 2015,” said Parliament in a statement.
This comes after Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane demanded that the Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete set aside five “concrete dates” for Zuma to answer questions in the National Assembly.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had also written to Mbete demanding a special parliamentary sitting before the State of the Nation Address so Zuma can answer questions. Mbete refused the EFF.
President Zuma last appeared in Parliament in August. The session was disrupted by EFF MPs who demanded that he tell them when he would pay back Nkandla money before we moved on to other questions.
In the statement, Parliament also said it was still working on the other dates.
“Engagements between the office of the Speaker and the Presidency will continue this to ensure the remainder of the Question Sessions for the year are scheduled,” said Parliament