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Zuma to use other channels to engage with opposition

Jacob Zuma has been accused of trying to avoid taking responsibility for the Nkandla scandal.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma responds to Parliamentary questions in the National Assembly on 21 August 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) says President Jacob Zuma will use other channels to communicate with opposition parties following reports he won't take any direct questions in Parliament.

Zuma has been accused of trying to avoid taking responsibility for the Nkandla scandal.

It appears the governing party is going to great lengths to shield Zuma from fielding any difficult questions in Parliament relating to the matter.

In August, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and other Members of Parliament (MPs) were kicked out of the National Assembly after demanding that Zuma 'pay back the money' spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa believes Parliament has lost its decorum.

"They will respond. We will continue to interact with the public until such time Parliament is ready to receive them in a very normal sense."

However, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Parliamentary leader, Mmusi Maimane says the ANC shouldn't have the power to decide if and when the president should appear in parliament.

"The ANC has already set out to say their main job is to protect President Zuma. Now the difficulty with this is that actually president Zuma has been elected by Parliament."

Maimane says Zuma has only answered to the house once and owes it to the public to take account for his actions.

"He must account to the people of this country in Parliament and what the ruling party is doing is an act of throwing away what holds this country together."

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