President Jacob Zuma has agreed to appear in Parliament to answer questions from opposition parties, in early March.
The President has not appeared in Parliament since August 2014, when the Economic Freedom Fighters and other opposition parties disrupted Parliamentary proceedings demanding the President to "Pay back the money!"
Photo: Zuma pictured on his last day in Parliament last year, August 2014.
Speaking on 702 after the announcement about the President's decision to appear in Parliament was made this afternoon, DA Parliamentary Leader, Mmusi Maimane said that Zuma's decision was welcomed.
But it's a bit of a bittersweet one because we feel it's a victory that he's announced that he will be coming to work but we should never get to the stage where his announcement to say he's got to do his constitutional duty is something that we should laud or applaud.— DA Parliamentary Leader, Mmusi Maimane
Maimane explained that the Q and A session that the President has agreed to is a separate session from the State of the Nation Address and will take place after.
Opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, have publicly stated that they plan to disturb this years SONA asking the President when he will "pay back the money".
But Maimane says that the Q and A and the State of the Nation Address are two separate issues, and it's important that they remain so because the issues that will come out of the State of the Nation Address are just as important as the questions that will be raised in the Q and A.
Listen to Maimane's conversation with Xolani on 702: