Zuma surrenders parliament to Malema
by SIBANENGI DUBE
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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