MPs: Zuma must respond to questions next month

MPs have rejected the presidency's suggested date of 3 November for another Q&A session.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Screengrab/YouTube

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday insisted that President Jacob Zuma return to the National Assembly as early as next month to answer the outstanding questions from his chaotic August session.

They have rejected the presidency's suggested date of 3 November, insisting it was up to Parliament to decide when the president should come and account.

All parties agreed at a meeting at Parliament on Thursday morning to propose three possible dates in April.

A visibly angry Zuma on Wednesday denied "ducking his duty" to answer MPs questions, insisting Parliament had never asked him.

The matter was dealt with at the National Assembly's programming committee this morning.

Freedom Front Plus chief whip Dr Corne Mulder said, "I think the outcome today was quite positive because for the first time we've agreed unanimously to set a date for the President between 14 April until 30 April, to come back and to deal with outstanding matters and I think that's a huge breakthrough."

ANC chief whip Stone Sizani added, "After a lengthy discussion we have come to complete unanimity that we need to ask the office of the president to offer us one of the three days in April."