Maimane: Zuma in breach of Parliament's rules

The DA wants MPs to support a resolution forcing Jacob Zuma to answer questions in Parliament.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Members of Parliament (MPs) to back a resolution forcing President Jacob Zuma to come to the National Assembly to answer questions.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on Tuesday gave notice of a motion he is tabling to this effect.

Parliament's rules state that the president must come and answer questions four times a year.

Zuma has only done so once, in August, when the session was abandoned after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs chanted ' pay back the money', a reference to the spending on his private Nkandla home.

The president will be making his annual address to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday.

But the DA is continuing to insist he come and answer questions in the National Assembly.

Maimane says Zuma is in breach of Parliament's rules.

"This house censures President Zuma for failing to comply with the rules of Parliament. That orders the president to appear before the house in terms of rules. To answer oral questions."

But with no date yet set, and Parliament set to go into recess at the end of the month, it seems unlikely that Zuma will meet this commitment.