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'Zuma to answer questions in Parliament on 17 May'

The ANC says the president will meet his duty to answer questions from MPs every quarter.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in the National Assembly. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament says President Jacob Zuma will meet his commitment to answer questions in the National Assembly four times this year in spite of Parliament rising early ahead of the local government elections.

The party has confirmed that Zuma will be in the house on 17 May for his second oral reply session this year.

The ANC's Moloto Mothapo says all parties agreed to wait for the Presidency to suggest a suitable date for the president's date with the National Assembly, because Parliament's programme has been shortened to cater for the local government elections campaign.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has suggested that the failure to schedule a date was because the ANC wanted to protect the president from facing questions in the wake of the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment.

Mothapo has dismissed the opposition party's claims as 'mindless posturing'.

He says Zuma will be in the house on 17 May and will meet his duty to come and answer questions from Members of Parliament every quarter.