Today marks yet another challenging day for President Jacob Zuma as he moves to face his final question-and-answer stand before members of the parliament.
Zuma will, on Tuesday afternoon, be at the state house of Assembly to face the house members who would be questioning him on the controversial Public Protector’s state capture report and the efforts by two Cabinet ministers to interdict it.
One of the questions Zuma is expected to answer is that of the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, who wants to know whether Zuma or his lawyers encouraged ministers Mosebenzi Zwane and Des van Rooyen to launch applications to stop the release of the state capture report.
The president will also answer question from the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, who also wants to know whether the presidency applied his mind to Zwane’s contentious proposal for a judicial inquiry into the decision of the country’s big four banks to halt business with the Gupta family controlled company, Oakbay Investments.
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) also asked if Zuma believes government is at its best in satisfying international ratings agencies demands to stave off a possible downgrade of South Africa’s credit-worthiness.
Also on the agenda is a question on the fees must fall campaign, asking whether government has reached consensus with students on tuition fees for 2017.
During his last appearance in the National Assembly, Zuma complained that he was always subjected to abuse by members of the opposition.
A good example of what the president was supposedly talking about was the incidence at the parliament on Monday where the DA MPs were ordered out after Denise Robinson referred to the president as #JZ783, a reference to the number of charges hanging over the president’s head.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen then said Mbete applied a rule governing the National Assembly and not a joint sitting.
“Mr. Maimane has asked that the speaker does not preside over the president’s question session precisely because she has shown her bias and her desire to protect the president and the fact that she wants to do that and (exercise) her role as ANC chairperson above her role as speaker.”
The party says Mbete’s ejection of a DA MP from a joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday shows she cannot act without bias. Hence, the party ask her to to recuse herself from presiding over this afternoon’s session.