DA leader asked to leave chamber

17 March 2016 - 16:55 By TMG Digital

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was ordered by the Speaker of Parliament on Thursday to leave the house after he refused to sit down during President Jacob Zuma’s question and answer session. Zuma had a tough time explaining the role of his friends the wealthy Gupta family in his government‚ but claimed not to have been influenced by them in any ministerial appointments.Zuma blames Nene for weakening randMaimane was trying to raise a point of order after Zuma claimed the rand was on a downward trend even before he fired finance minister Nhlanhla Nene on December 9 last year.No minister ever appointed by Guptas: ZumaMaimane was‚ however‚ shouted down by ANC MPs‚ and Mbete ordered him to leave the chamber.The rest of the DA MPs followed him out amid catcalls from ANC MPs.Outside the chamber‚ Maimane called Mbete's decision "bizarre" and said parliament had been captured by the ANC to avoid accountability by the head of state. Maimane had earlier asked Zuma whether the Gupta family had offered anyone a cabinet post.“Power no longer sits at the Union Buildings… worse‚ no longer at Luthuli House. It sits at Saxonworld (the Gupta’s mansion). Has the Gupta family offered anyone a Cabinet job in your presidency? Do you take accountability for what's happened?” Maimane asked.Zuma responded by saying that no minister had ever been appointed by the Guptas. He said that if deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas had said that the Gupta family had offered him the position of finance minister‚ then he and the Guptas should be asked the question.“Ask them. Don’t ask me‚” said Zuma‚ querying where he came into this.“I am in charge. No minister here was ever appointed by the Guptas or anyone else. I appoint the ministers here‚” he added.

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