Malema: We'll see you in court
Julius Malema has ended Jacob Zuma’s question and answer session in Parliament on a cliffhanger.
JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has ended President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in Parliament on a cliffhanger.
"It's very clear we won't get clear answer from the president; we'll see you in court."
Malema was referring to his question on when the country could expect Zuma to 'pay back the money'.
Earlier, Zuma said the ad hoc committee on Nkandla was handling the issue of security upgrades and he insisted he could not speak on the issue in the National Assembly.
He has been answering questions this afternoon talking on a number of issues including trade and the visit by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
The question of Nkandla was kept until the end and provoked an angry response.
Malema would not let the issue of Nkandla go, saying the country wanted answers.
"You can engage any other process but it will not help you because it comes back to one question; when are you paying back the money?"
However, Zuma says he cannot address the issue yet.
"I believe the question is premature as matters have not been concluded by this house."
But the United Democratic Movement's Bantu Holomisa had another suggestion.
"Don't you consider to save this house and the nation by simply applying for a judicial review given that you have challenged the findings by the public protector."
Minister of Small Business, Lindiwe Zulu, then came to the president's defence.
"Now a situation is being created in the house where some honourable members stand up and make statements, long statements without interjections."
The opposition party's Mbuyiseno Ndlozi then turned his attention to Zulu.
"Honourable speaker, 'mistress ginger' must not do this, why are you allowing 'mistress ginger' to talk like this? President Zuma has not responded to a simple question as to when…"
ZUMA DEFENDS GOVERNMENT
At the same time, the president says government is being governed well and there is no truth to the accusation that there has been a decline in governance since his election to office.
Opposition parties have been firing questions at the president in the national assembly this afternoon.
Zuma says government is in a 'strong position'.
"The country has not gone down, it's moving ahead and it is developing. It's not true that the country ever since me has gone down, I don't agree with that."
The Democratic Alliance (DA) and EFF then changed their focus asking the president about tax erosion and industrial expansion through Africa.
He explained that South Africa had taken the lead on the continent saying light-heartedly that it was easy for the opposition to criticise as it had not governed.
"One of the things you need to do if you want to govern the country is to win the election. These are government issues and not opposition issues."