Zuma’s delays ‘mock process’

2014-07-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Nkandla is not about poor administration but a lack of political accountability, said political commentator Ralph Mathekga.

He was reacting to the news that 13 officials at Public Works will be charged internally for maladministration following the R246 million “security improvements” to the private estate of President Jacob Zuma at Nkandla.

After the Public Protector (PP) released her Nkandla reportin March , the ANC admitted costs for the improvements at Zuma’s estate had irregularly escalated, but said the president had no hand in it.

The PP, however, found Zuma and his family would materially benefit from the improvements.

Phillip Masilo, a legal adviser to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, yesterday said the officials who had been charged had worked on the acquisition process.

He said charges have been served on all the accused and the process will be independent.

He said the preliminary hearings could be finished by mid-August, but no lawyers will be involved, adding the cases will not take long.

He did not want to expand on possible disciplinary procedures.

Chairperson of the DA’s federal executive, James Selfe, welcomed the disciplinary steps, but said junior officials cannot be made the scapegoats, adding the Nkandla issue will remain contentious as long as those in public positions avoid accountability.

Selfe said everyone involved had to be charged.

He said politicians who are involved in the Nkandla scandal will only be held accountable when Zuma provided Parliament with answers and actions in his response to the recommendations of the PP.

The deadline for this response was Thursday, but Zuma missed it as the DA predicted he would.

Selfe said the president’s habitual delaying tactics made a mockery of the charges against the junior officials.

He said the DA will this week make an announcement on the ad hoc committee over the PP’s Nkandla report.

Mathekga said he doesn’t think disciplinary steps against Public Works staff would be enough to repair the public’s confidence in the department.

“There is clearly no political accountability.”

He said there had been no coherent government answer to the Nkandla issue, adding Zuma had to answer to Parliament.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.