MPs unclear what questions Zuma will answer in Parly

MPs have been told that at the presidency's request, the session can’t be extended to include them.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - It's unclear just what questions President Jacob Zuma will answer when he comes to the National Assembly next month.

Zuma's first question and answer session with Members of Parliament (MPs) for the year is set down for 11 March.

His last one was in August when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs demanded he say when he would pay back the money the Public Protector says he owes on Nkandla, the sitting then descended into chaos.

At issue is whether he'll start with those left unanswered when he had to abandon the chaotic August sitting.

MPs have been told that at the presidency's request, the session can't be extended to include them, but that another date might be arranged.

Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli says in terms of the rules the questions lapsed at year end.

"However we have heard what you have said and so those matters will be looked at about what is feasible and how it gets done."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says opposition MPs need time to prepare.

Chief whip John Steenhuisen says the presidency should not be dictating Parliament's programme.