EFF won't be taking part in Zuma’s Q&A session in Parly

The EFF says it will be in the House but says that it sees no value in engaging with Jacob Zuma.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it won't be taking part in President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly tomorrow.

The party says it will be in the House, but says that it sees no value in engaging with Zuma and that it no longer recognises him as president.

Zuma's abrupt axing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene will be firmly in the spotlight when he appears for the first time this year to answer Members of Parliament (MPs) questions.

EFF leader Julius Malema has a question on the roll about whether new Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan recommended to Zuma that Sars commissioner Tom Moyane be removed.

The EFF says it has little hope that the president's question and answer session will be a meaningful session of accountability.

In a statement, the party says it would be better if Parliament summoned Atul Gupta to come and account, saying he is the real president of the country.

Zuma will be under pressure to explain his actions in firing Nene last year.

The Democratic Alliance (DA's) Mmusi Maimane wants to know whom he consulted.

Gordhan had only this to say in the house today.

"You should go and meet the Guptas and find out for yourself - why must I tell you?"

Claims by former senior ANC MP Vytjie Mentor that she too was offered a ministerial post by the Guptas six years ago have been denied by the family, but the extent of its influence is now firmly in Parliament's spotlight.