Sparks are expected to fly in parliament this afternoon when President Jacob Zuma appears in the National Assembly for his quarterly question and answer session with MPs.
Zuma is scheduled to answer six questions that include, among others, the appointment of the national police commissioner, the “Unburdening” report of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), and the legal costs incurred in the National Prosecuting Authority’s decision to drop the fraud, corruption and racketeering charges against him.
According to parliament, in terms of the rules of the national legislature, the president is scheduled to appear once a quarter to answer questions in the National Assembly to deal with matters of national importance.
The questions to be put to the president for oral replies are submitted to National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete at least 16 days before the president’s appearance.
Here are the questions Zuma is expected to tackle this afternoon:
- DA leader Mmusi Maimane:
What is the total amount in rands of all legal costs incurred by (a) his Office and/or (b)the Presidency since 1 May 2009 in respect of the irrational decision by the National Prosecuting Authority to drop the 783 counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him in his personal capacity?
- FF Plus MP Pieter Groenewald:
(a) When he intends appointing the national commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS)?
(b) Whether he has found any delay in the appointment to be to the disadvantage of the top management of the SAPS which exacerbates crime as a result; if not, what is the position in this regard?
- ANC MP Beverley Lynette Abrahams:
With regard to the poverty study released by Statistics South Africa which revealed that rising poverty levels mostly affect children, black Africans, women, people from rural areas and those with little or no education, what programmes have been implemented by the government with regard to the fight against poverty to ensure that the fight is successful?
- Cope MP Deidre Carter:
What is the government’s position in respect of the findings contained in the Unburdening Panel report of the SA Council of Churches and the report of the academics titled Betrayal of the Promise: How the Nation is Being Stolen, which detail the emergence of a shadow state that feeds off the state by establishing a network of patronage, corruption and state capture?
- ANC MP Pinky Sharon Kekana:
How is the Presidency through the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission, with reference to the fact that the country’s economy slid into a technical recession in the 2016-17 financial year, with the second quarter of 2017 indicating that the economy is gradually moving out of the technical recession with a projected 2.5 % growth, and in light of the slower rate of global economic growth influenced by rising trends in unemployment, a reduction in global trade and poor productivity across advanced and developing economies which put greater pressure on the country’s economy, intending to further use infrastructure development to stimulate economic growth and create jobs?
- ANC MP Philemon Mapulane:
Whether, in view of indications by scientists that one of the major concerns of climate change is the increasing occurrence of extreme events such as the increased intensity of drought and severe storms, and given the fact that the government has developed the necessary mitigation and adaptation policies and programmes, the government is currently able to effectively manage the effects of climate change, especially its impact on the economy?