Zuma surrenders parliament to Malema

Zuma surrenders

Zuma surrenders

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma has literally surrendered parliament to Economic Freedom Fighters  (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

Zuma has not been to parliament since he was heckled and booed by Malema several months ago over his non payment of part of the millions used by government to upgrade his Nkandla private home.

The president was sent packing from the podium in parliament by Malema and his EFF brigade who demanded to know when he was going to pay back as directed by the public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Thursday that his boss will not set foot in the August house in Cape Town until opposition legislators stop harassing or disrespecting him.

“Relations between the presidency and parliament are strained because opposition MPs are disrespecting the highest office in the land,” said Ramaphosa.

The ANC vice President told parliament that MPs would never see Zuma in parliament again until they behave themselves.

His utterances followed DA Parliamentary leader, Musi Maimane, who inquired about the availability of Zuma to appear before parliament to respond to queries.

The ANC boss Gwede Mantashe initially hinted after the heckling that Zuma might even consider not addressing the nation through parliament.

Political analysts told CAJ News in Johannesburg on Friday that President Zuma was constitutionally required to periodically avail himself to parliament to answer questions.

“The president can’t avoid parliament completely without creating a vacuum in the Presidency,” said a Braamfontein based political commentator with a law back ground Dr. Milton Ngcobo.

Ngcobo said that could be tantamount to industrial action by Zuma which he described as “rare” presidential conduct.

“Is the president now on strike? This is very unusual.! I hope he will be given proper advice and go back to parliament to face Malema.

– CAJ News




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  • Bruno Klynsmith

    Shows he has no guts. Malema is running the show.

  • Keith Roberts

    What is the point of parliament? It is merely a ‘pretend’ showpiece for a ‘pretend’ democracy. It has no function other than to allow opposition parties to pretend that their presence makes a difference. It doesn’t. The anc still does whatever it wants to do. South Africa really is a sham demokerycy.

    Far from Zuma surrendering parliament, he is treating it with contempt.

    • Aripho

      “sham demonkeyracy”

  • wjg1

    Think how much money can be saved if we get rid of all the politicians sitting in all these different legislative bodies – they do nothing to control the Executive in any case…

  • Grinter 06

    Since when does the president decide when he wants to appear in parliament? Accepting the job of president requires that he face up to the heckling in parliament. Zuma is a law unto himself and this needs to stop ASAP

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