President Jacob Zuma is due to face a tough time in parliament today as he appears before MPs in the national council of provinces (NCOP).
This will be Zuma’s first question and answer session since the August 3 local government elections after he missed his quarterly appearance in the council last term.
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Salient questions from members of the NCOP will be around economic stability and the looming review of the country’s sovereign credit rating by global ratings agencies, particularly the fraud charges instituted by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Other questions that are likely to cause pandemonium in the chamber between opposition benches and MPs from the ruling party is Zuma’s urgent court application to block the release of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report and the reported secret meeting between chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams, Zuma and three cabinet ministers a day before the NPA head confirmed the charges against Gordhan.
On Monday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said his party would ask a parliamentary question about deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas’ affidavit, which alleges that Ajay Gupta had offered him R600 000 in cash and a further R600 million in their initial offer to Jonas to replace former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene before he was unceremoniously sacked from his position in December last year.
Here are the questions on the order paper that Zuma is expected to respond to:
- International rating agencies:
ANC MP Boingotlo Gerard Nthebe (North West)
What is the influence of the (a) rating agencies and (b) results of their findings on the different agreements and commissions entered into between South Africa and other countries (details furnished)?
- SA’s economic stability:
DA MP Willem Faber (Northern Cape)
What is his position on South Africa’s economic stability, given the ongoing investigation into Gordhan?
- Establishment of presidential SOE coordinating council:
ANC MP Tekoetsile Motlashuping (North West)
What are the advantages of establishing the presidential state-owned enterprises coordinating council with a similar structure to the presidential infrastructure coordinating commission and (b) what role will it play in socio-economic transformation?
- Moving the seat of parliament:
IFP MP Mntomuhle Khawula (KwaZulu-Natal)
1.Whether, with reference to his 2016 state of the nation address, to hold engagements and debates to move the seat of parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria, the engagements and debates have started; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;
2. Whether such movement is still relevant; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
- Reappointment of SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni:
DA MP Bronwynn Engelbrecht (Gauteng)
Why has a certain person (name furnished) been reappointed as the chairperson of the SA Airways even though its losses for the 2014/15 financial year were at R5.6 billion?
- Operation Phakisa:
ANC MP Lewis Paul Musawenkosi Nzimande (KwaZulu-Natal)
What progress has been made regarding Operation Phakisa in relation to its main objectives (details furnished)?
Parliamentary proceedings are set to begin at 2pm.
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