Maimane wants debate on Zuma's failure to answer MPs

Mmusi Maimane says Jacob Zuma is showing contempt for Parliament and the Constitution.

Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for a special debate on President Jacob Zuma's failure to come to Parliament to answer members of Parliament's questions.

Leader of the opposition Mmusi Maimane says Zuma is showing contempt for Parliament and the Constitution.

He's supposed to give oral replies to questions four times a year.

But Maimane says he's not completed a full session once this year.

Zuma's question time in August was disrupted by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs chanting 'pay back the' money in reference to what the Public Protector says he owes for the lavish upgrades to his Nkandla home.

A date for him to return to complete the abandoned session has yet to be set.

Maimane says Zuma's failure to come and account is an assault on the Constitution and shows disdain for Parliament.

"No democracy worth its salt will allow the president to contradict the institution that directly represents us the people."

Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery dismissed Maimane's call as posturing.

"I think the honourable members of the DA need to remember that they are basically just the opposition. The people on this side are running the country."

Maimane wants a reply to his request for a debate by Monday.