Tempers flare in Parliament as Maimane demands answers

Mmusi Maimane asked Cyril Ramaphosa when Jacob Zuma will appear in Parliament again to answer questions.

FILE: There's been a heated exchange in the National Assembly with Mmusi Maimane demanding to know when the president will appear there to answer questions. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - There's been a heated exchange in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane has pushed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on when President Jacob Zuma will appear there again to answer questions.

Zuma hasn't been seen in Parliament since being shouted down by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in August.

Maimane this afternoon demanded to know when the president will be back.

Parliamentary rules state the president must address the house at least four times a year.

Maimane refused to back down saying he wants answers.

"I think we can agree that as leaders of government business, that in fact it's fine if the president wants to go to the National Council of Provinces, but he must come here for accountability because this is where he must account."

The deputy president fired back saying Zuma will address the National Council of Provinces tomorrow.

He also called on the opposition to behave.

"It becomes difficult when there is howling, screaming and shouting to have a reasonable relationship.

Maimaine argued that he's written to the president's office on numerous occasions to find out when Zuma will be back to answer questions.

EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu also tried to address the house on the issue and clashed with Mbete, saying she shouldn't drop the issue.