The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims to have concrete evidence showing that President Jacob Zuma has moved the scheduled dates for his oral questions in order to avoid accountability.
The party said a reliable informant revealed that the President had requested that his question session originally scheduled for Thursday, 8 September 2016, be moved to late October due to the president’s international travels.
The party slammed the president for the sudden movement of the date, saying his travels shouldn’t have interfered with the already scheduled date at the parliament.
The statement read, in part:
“This question session was scheduled months in advance and he should have planned accordingly to account to the South Africans here at home to which he is accountable.
“This conveniently timed rescheduling only bolsters the DA’s contention that he is trying all manner of ways to avoid interrogation on the controversial issues that have outraged South Africans. These include the crises at our SOEs and State agencies and a proxy war that has left much economic uncertainty.”
The party also claimed that the NCOP’s oversight role is to evaluate the effect of national legislation and Executive decisions on the provinces and ground level. “We cannot fulfill this role when the President cherry-picks, based on the current political climate, whether or when he fulfills his constitutional obligations to Parliament.”
DA therefore plans to write to the council requesting for detailed reasons why the date for the questioning had to be moved. The party also says it would also request a detailed information on the president’s international travels.
“Holding the Executive to account is the primary, constitutionally demanded function of Parliament which cannot be ignored by the President and his government as the political winds change. We will do our level best to ensure that the President appears to answer for his and his governments’ conduct within this term of the fifth Parliament,” the party noted.