ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

The African National Congress (ANC) is reportedly exploring ways for parliament to change its rules in order to protect the rights and privileges of President Jacob Zuma.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu wants to change Parliament’s rules to create new measures to defend and protect Zuma against abusive members of Parliament.

During a sitting in Parliament earlier this month, president Zuma pleaded with speaker to protect him from what he called abuse in the National Assembly.

Mr Mthembu has written to Parliament’s Rules Committee to consider how to deal with circumstances where people do things in defiance and outside of the rules.

In Parliament earlier this month the Economic Freedom Fighters and other parties staged a walkout as president Zuma was about to address the national assembly, calling him a criminal and a thief.

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Mthembu is reportedly under pressure to tame opposition parties and down the noise that has made Zuma uncomfortable every time he visits parliament.

Opposition parties have strongly rejected the move and are ready to oppose it in parliament.