Reports: ANC exploring ways for Parliament to change rules to protect Zuma

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu is reportedly under pressure to tame opposition parties to protect Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma speaks in Parliament during a question & answer session on 13 September 2016. Picture: Youtube

JOHANENSBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is reportedly exploring ways for parliament to change its rules in order to protect the rights of President Jacob Zuma.

According to the Sunday Times, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wants to change Parliament's rules to create new measures to defend Zuma against abusive members of Parliament.

During a sitting in Parliament earlier this month, president Zuma pleaded with speaker to protect him from what he called abuse in the National Assembly.

The paper is reporting that Mthembu has written to Parliament's Rules Committee to consider how to deal with circumstances where people do things in defiance and outside of the rules

In Parliament earlier this month the Economic Freedom Fighters and other parties staged a walk out as president Zuma was about to address the national assembly, calling him a criminal and a thief.

Mthembu is reportedly under pressure to tame opposition parties and down the noise that has made Zuma uncomfortable every time he visits parliament.

Opposition parties have strongly rejected the move and are ready to oppose it in parliament.

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