'There's no war between Presidency and Treasury'
President Jacob Zuma told the National Assembly that government is not at war with itself.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has attempted to explain concerns about state-owned entities, tensions within government, plans for energy and water and the general state of the economy.
Zuma answered questions in the National Assembly yesterday.
The session was delayed for more than half an hour, with heckling from some Members of Parliament, who called Zuma a criminal who shouldn't be allowed to be address Parliament.
He was asked about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent statement that government is at war with itself.
Zuma insists this is not the case.
"There's no war between the Presidency and the Treasury. There's no war, I'm clarifying that point right now."
Turning to other problems facing the country, the president says municipalities will receive assistance to save water.
"This will be done to facilitate the placement of water agents that government is training."
He says municipal infrastructure will be taken care of.
"An action plan to ensure greater expenditure on municipal infrastructure maintenance and to enforce proper financial asset management will be developed and implemented."
ZUMA DENIES FACTIONALISM
Zuma has denied there's factionalism within his cabinet and has reiterated enough is being done to stave off a ratings downgrade.
He was pressed to set the record straight on his relationship with Treasury - particularly an agenda seemingly targeted at Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Opposition parties however say this apparent conflict could potentially deter foreign direct investment.
Zuma says he is also engaging with ministers who are speaking out of turn.
"There's one matter I am attending to. I am engaging Minister Zwane about what he said. I don't think you can balloon that to mean there is war I government."
The president yesterday reiterated the country's economy is sending a good signal to rating agencies.
Meanwhile, Zuma said also says an integrated plan is being drafted to address the country's energy needs.
Zuma says the plan will be completed by the end of the year to give answers to the country's energy needs once and for all.
"This will help provide certainty on electricity pricing and investment in the generation capacity."
'KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER'
Zuma has called on Parliament to keep its members in line before he addresses the house in future.
During a Parliamentary question and answer session yesterday, Z uma bemoaned the persistent ridicule by opposition parties.
The president says it's difficult for him to fulfill his constitutional obligations under a barrage of insults and name-calling by some Members of Parliament (MPs).
Zuma says the constant mocking he faces from some MPs cannot be considered Parliamentary.
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"Each time when I come here I'm abused. I think this house must do something about it."
This comes after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) excused itself from the sitting, refusing to be addressed by a president it labelled as a thief and criminal.
"We're going to leave this house, but we'll wait outside. When the criminal finishes speaking, we're coming back," EFF leader Julius Malema said.
The DA's John Steenhuizen also commented on the remarks by the EFF.
"The court was clear that it's fair comment to say that the president stole money. Somebody who steals money is a thief."
Zuma's question and answer session was first marred by Cope's Willie Madisha disputing the president's 'honour'.