The office of the National Assembly’s Speaker is considering whether to allow the DA to submit a late question to president Zuma in his final Q&A session of the 2017 parliamentary year.
The DA is looking for clarity on an issue of payments allegedly received by the president from a private company after he became president. They’ve argued that these allegations cannot continue to be untested and the president must therefore dedicate part of his response to these queries.
It was reported at the weekend that Zuma allegedly received around R1 million a month from Royal Security, a company linked to his friend and African National Congres (ANC) benefactor Roy Moodley.
The allegation is contained in author and journalist Jacques Pauw's new book, The President's Keepers.
The DA says that the "explosive revelations" came to light only after the deadline for submitting questions expired.
The party says that South Africans need to know whether Zuma was on the payroll of a private security company, headed up by a welathy friend and party benefactor.
The question that the DA wants to ask is whether or not Zuma received any payments from Roy Moodley or his company, Royal Security, at any time since he became president in May 2009 and if so, what are the details.
The party says that this is the last opportunity to put the question to Zuma until at least March next year, and that South Africans cannot wait until then on a matter of such importance.
Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has confirmed receipt of the DA's request.