Zuma to face the music in Parliament amid abuse of office claims

The question about whether President Jacob Zuma has abused his office in this way comes from Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and is the first on the order paper.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is set to say whether or not he’s used his position to influence the award of state contracts to family members, or companies linked to them when he answers MPs’ questions in Parliament on Thursday.

The question about whether Zuma has abused his office in this way comes from Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and is the first on the order paper.

The Constitution prohibits Cabinet members from exposing themselves to the risk of a conflict between their official duties and private interests, saying they may not use their position to enrich themselves or anyone else.

The question was tabled over two weeks ago, but President Zuma will be answering in the wake of Duduzane Zuma’s open letter to Pravin Gordhan, where he claimed the Hawks have cleared him of wrongdoing, something the Hawks denied this week, saying their investigations continue.

Maimane also wants to know why Zuma delayed signing the proclamation for the Special Investigating Unit to probe corruption and maladministration at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP Liezl van der Merwe wants to know whether Zuma has asked Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini for details after her statement that she’s aware of senior government leaders guilty of more serious crimes against women than the assault charges faced by former deputy higher education and training minister Mduduzi Manana.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)