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Zuma willing to answer questions in Parly

President Jacob Zuma says he never refused to answer parliamentary questions.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma says he never refused to answer parliamentary questions. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says he has never refused to answer questions in Parliament.

Zuma has reportedly told the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news he is willing to answer parliamentary questions.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) disrupted the president's question and answer session last August.

Zuma did not return to Parliament sparking accusations he is reluctant to face opposition benches.

Zuma says he's always been willing to go to Parliament.

But he adds some MPs have stopped him from answering questions, referring to last August's chaotic sitting of the National Assembly which descended into anarchy.

He says political parties should realise Parliaments are respected institutions and are not places to play around and shout slogans.

Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament next month.

The EFF tried unsuccessfully to force an early sitting of the National Assembly so the president could finish answering questions relating to the Nkandla debacle.

The red berets have threatened to disrupt the opening of Parliament.

The party says it will ask Zuma when he intends paying back the money that was used in the upgrades at his Nkandla home.

However, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has distanced itself from this saying Sona is not the right place to raise the issue.

Zuma will give his speech on 12 February.

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