Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Another Dramatic Q & A session anticipated as Zuma takes podium

Nontando Mafanya
17 May 2016

Parliament is braced for more possible drama this afternoon when President Jacob Zuma is set to answer questions in the National Assembly.

Today's sitting comes in the wake of the Western Cape High Court dismissing an application from the Economic Freedom Fighters, which wanted Speaker Baleka Mbete interdicted from unlawfully physically ejecting any EFF member from the chamber.

 During the Presidency budget vote earlier this month, 16 EFF Members of Parliament were forcibly removed after trying to prevent the president from speaking.

Meanwhile, today members of the National Assembly are debating the situation in Vuwani, Limpopo where protests have culminated in school closures and damage to schools amounting to millions of rand.

Twenty five people have thus far been arrested since the protests began last month.

 It is alleged that one of them was an ANC councillor from the Makhado local municipality.
A total of twenty eight schools were burnt down during protests. Vuwani residents have been fighting against a merger with the Malamulele municipality and surrounding areas.


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