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Opposition wants Zuma to appear before Parly

The president usually comes before MPs to answer questions about once every four months.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Elmond Jiyane.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties on Thursday said they want one last chance to fire questions at President Jacob Zuma before Parliament rises next month.

The president usually comes before Members of Parliament (MPs) to answer questions about once every four months.

But pressure on Parliament's programme during this final term means question time has been shelved to make more time available to get bills passed.

With just seven plenaries to go before MPs make their farewell speeches on 13 March, the National Assembly is under pressure.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of the People (Cope) are waving the rule book, insisting that Zuma or Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, face questions from MPs.

ANC Deputy Chief Whip Nkhensani Kubayi says question time was also put on hold before the 2009 elections.

"It's an electioneering year. We need to finish the Parliament business and go out there to campaign, all of us."

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu has ordered party whips and programming officials to put their heads together and make a plan.