S. Africa ANC Denies Report on Rule to Defend Zuma in Parliament

  • Zuma said lawmakers ‘abuse’ him in the national assembly
  • Sunday Times reported the ANC wants a rule to defend Zuma

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress denied a report in the Johannesburg-based Sunday Times that Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wants to change parliament’s rules to create new measures to defend President Jacob Zuma against “abuse” in the National Assembly.

The Times story “makes a wild and baseless claim” that changes are being sought before Zuma’s next visit to the assembly, the ANC said in an e-mailed statement. “This is blatantly untrue.”

On Sept. 13, Zuma said he feels “abused” by lawmakers whenever he goes before the National Assembly and requested the matter be looked into.

“The Office of the ANC Chief Whip will this week lodge a formal complaint with
the press ombudsman to ensure that the Sunday Times publish a retraction and
an apology,” the ANC added.

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