President Jacob Zuma faced tough questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this afternoon.
During his first NCOP appearance since the municipal elections in August, Zuma answered questions about the economy and the controversial investigation into Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Responding to concerns about the state of affairs in the country, and a looming junk status downgrade from credit ratings agencies, Zuma had the following to say:
On Gordhan fraud charges:
He told the NCOP that only a court can judge on the Gordhan fraud charges, adding that the minister is innocent until proven guilty.
In addition, Zuma explained that he never discussed the investigation into Gordhan with NPA boss Shaun Abrahams.
On the state capture report:
#ZumaQandA Zuma, says he interdicted the PP's report - because she did not ask him questions. KB— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 25, 2016
Zuma told the NCOP that he interdicted the report on state capture because former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela did not approach him for questioning.
On moving Parliament to Tshwane:
According to Zuma, the decision to relocate Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria lies with Parliament and is not a matter for executive to decide on.
He says the Labour Department is investigating the administrative implications of such a move.
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At the same time, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will deliver a statement in the National Assembly on the crisis in higher education funding.
On Wednesday, Gordhan is expected to deliver his mid-term budget review in Parliament, while facing fraud charges leveled by the NPA.