President to give oral replies to Parliament

Thursday, August 31, 2017

President Jacob Zuma will answer questions for oral replies from members of the National Assembly at this afternoon’s plenary sitting.

The President will respond to six questions. These include topics ranging from awarding of state contracts, development initiatives started in Africa since South Africa became co-chair of the G-20 Development Working Group, Operation Phakisa and government's progress in combatting gender-based violence.

Answering questions is one way in which Parliament holds the executive, including the President, to account.

Some of the rules applicable to questions to the President from National Assembly Members are that they must be scheduled at least once per quarter during session time within the annual programme.

Another is that the session must be limited to matters of national importance, are limited to six questions and the total time for replies and associated supplementary questions may not exceed three hours. - SAnews.gov.za