22/06/2017 09:26 SAST | Updated 22/06/2017 09:34 SAST

Zuma To Face A Grilling In Parliament

President Jacob Zuma will face questions on the Guptas and the nuclear build programme in Parliament.

President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

President Jacob Zuma is set to face a grilling in Parliament on Thursday, particularly with regards to his friends, the Guptas.

According to The New Age, Zuma will face questions on state capture, South Africa's nuclear build programme and whether he intends stepping down.

Mandlenkosi Galo of the African Independent Congress will reportedly ask Zuma: "Whether, with reference to the nationwide protest marches calling for his resignation, the court application for his impeachment that is set to be heard by the Constitutional Court and the report of the probe sponsored by the SA Council of Churches entitled Unburdening Panel, which alleges that under his leadership South Africa is on the brink of becoming a mafia state, he intends to step down and allow for another leadership to take the reins?"

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will reportedly ask Zuma if government still intends to pursue its nuclear build programme following the Western Cape high court ruling in April this year, that government's attempts to do so thus far were unlawful.

ACPD leader Kenneth Meshoe will reportedly ask whether the allegations of criminality outlined in the State of Capture report by previous public protector, Thuli Madonsela, would be investigated.

According to eNCA, Zuma will also be asked questions on the economy, the junk status downgrade, and will give a report back on the white paper on comprehensive social security.

The six scheduled questions on Thursday are:

  • ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe has asked if Zuma will ensure matters relating to a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture will be expedited.
  • ANC MP Phumuzile Ngwenya-Mabila asked what programmes are involved to deliver radical socio-economic achievements in rural areas.
  • DA leader Mmusi Maimane has asked if Zuma's government is still intent on pursuing a new nuclear build programme in light of the Western Cape High Court ruling the previous procurement process unlawful.
  • ANC MP Fezeka Loliwe asked what factors are at play in the rise of unemployment in the country.
  • AIC leader Galo wants to know if Zuma intends to step down ahead of a Constitutional Court bid to have him impeached.
  • ANC MP Hope Malgas has asked how government's National Social Security Fund will operate.