Opposition parties reprimand Nxesi over Nkandla

2016-04-20 20:11
Thulas Nxesi. (GCIS)

Thulas Nxesi. (GCIS)

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Cape Town – Opposition parties took matters into their own hands on Wednesday, and reprimanded Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi over Nkandla.

The minister was presenting the public works budget vote, but opposition parties were more interested in raking him over the coals for his department’s role in the renovations to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.

This followed the Constitutional Court judgment last month, which called for Zuma to reprimand ministers who had been involved in the Nkandla issue.

DA MP, Patricia Kopane, said the minister of public works and his department had failed the country.

Defrauded South Africans

“The department is the custodian of South Africa’s assets. Minister, you have a duty to ensure that state resources are used only for the advancement of the South African citizen, especially the poor,” she said.

She accused him and his predecessor, Geoff Doidge, of using state funds to enrich Zuma and “his cronies”.

“You choose your budget to honour one man. You did not fulfil your role as cabinet ministers with the best interest of South Africans at heart, but used your time in office to favour a morally bankrupt president while defrauding South African people in the process. In doing this you failed South Africans,” said Kopane.

The department has been allocated R21.4bn over the medium term.

Taking the opportunity to personally reprimand Nxesi, EFF MP Marshall Dlamini said: “I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of South Africans to reprimand Minister Nxesi for the misuse of public funds in Nkandla on his watch.

'You failed'

“The nation gave you a state car, state petrol, state bodyguards to go to Nkandla and monitor the expenditure there, but you failed.”

Dlamini asked if Nxesi would be able to deal with R21.4bn, if he couldn’t monitor R250m.

NFP’s Nhlanhla Khubisa said Nxesi’s department was right at the centre of a saga that had brought SA to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

The FF Plus said there was corruption within the department, and accused Nxesi of not doing enough to curb it.

Deputy Minister of Public Works Jeremy Cronin defended Nxesi, and told Parliament that he was employed long after the upgrades were done to Nkandla.

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