Zuma sidesteps Cabinet’s wrath

2010-05-06 10:11

Cabinet has opted not to impose any sanction on President Jacob

Zuma for failing to declare his interests in time.

It decided, government spokesman Themba Maseko said today, that the

presidency and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe would review anomalies in the

executive code of ethics, which Zuma blamed for his delay in declaring.

“The presidency and the minister of justice and constitutional

development will review the code to address the gaps that have been identified

in the Public Protector’s report.”

Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela found last month that Zuma had

breached the code by missing the deadline to declare his interests by eight

months.

Under the Executive Ethics Code, he had to declare within 60 days

of taking office.

Zuma’s office said confusion about whom the president should

approach for permission to accept gifts worth more than R1 000 had contributed

to his inability to meet the deadline.

Other members of the Cabinet need the presidency’s

permission.

Madonsela pointed out this and other shortcomings in the act and

proposed that they be addressed.

But she also urged Cabinet to introduce penalties for members of

the executive who fall into breach of the ethics code. – Sapa


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