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Zuma not nervous despite Nkandla cloud hanging over Sona

Jacob Zuma says he’s not nervous about his looming encounter with Julius Malema during his Sona.

President Jacob Zuma addresses the media at a working lunch meeting with editors at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 February 2015. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma says he's not nervous about his looming encounter with Julius Malema during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this week and will be directed by the speaker of Parliament about whether to take the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader's questions.

Malema says he will disrupt Zuma's speech by asking when he'll pay back the money spent by government on his Nkandla home.

The president took questions from media editors during a lunch meeting in Pretoria on Sunday where various issues were also discussed.

Zuma says he'll listen to speaker Baleka Mbete on Thursday night.

"It all depends on the rules of Parliament. I listen to the speaker and what the speaker will say."

And he wants Malema to behave.

"I think what is important is that all Members of Parliament (MPs) should act honourably, not dishonourably, by being ready to be directed by the speaker."

But City Press editor Ferial Haffajee wanted more information from Zuma.

"Are you nervous at what might happen?"

To which Zuma respond, "I have never been nervous in my life."

The president says the EFF simply want to misbehave in Parliament.

ZUMA ON HAWKS

Meanwhile, Zuma says although concerns about instability within institutions like the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the Hawks are warranted, the situation is not out of control.

Sars Deputy Commissioner Ivan Pillay has been suspended while the High Court in Pretoria lifted Hawks head Anwa Dramat's suspension last week.

The president says the situation in these institutions is not perfect.

"In any country you don't want structures like the Hawks or Sars to have problems and therefore, anytime you have problems you have to be worried."

But he says they are being managed.

"I think this situation is not out of control. I think it's under control but it's always good in a country if you have those institutions operating normally."

Zuma seemed to enjoy hosting the media and only appeared frustrated when asked about Nkandla.