Zuma's apology an 'important beginning' - SACP

2016-04-03 12:29
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's apology over the Nkandla scandal is an "important beginning", the SA Communist Party (SACP) said on Sunday.

"Zuma's apology and his undertaking to implement to the full the remedial actions proposed by the public protector, and now upheld as enforceable by the ConCourt, are important beginnings," the party's political bureau said in a statement.

"Strict implementation of the remedial measures called for by the public protector on Nkandla will be a beginning, but self-correction must clearly go way beyond this."

On Friday night, Zuma appeared on a live television broadcast to apologise for the Nkandla funds debacle.

His announcement came after the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that Zuma and the National Assembly had defied the Constitution when they chose to set aside Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report following her probe into security upgrades at Zuma's Nkandla home.

Both the court judgment and the president's apology "were important moments in the re-affirmation and consolidation of constitutionality…" said the SACP.

The party urged the ANC to see the judgment as a "clear warning signal" to take "decisive action".

It said that the ANC parliamentary caucus needed to conduct "serious and collective soul-searching" following the court finding about the National Assembly's duties with regard to the matter.

The SACP also suggested that the ANC leadership "reflect critically on the capacities and motives of a circle of informal presidential courtiers, flatterers, patrons, factionalists and hangers-on".

"It is a circle that, in our view, continuously and prejudicially exposes the presidency.

"We believe that the ConCourt judgement and the dangers of corporate capture are not unconnected."

Controversy that has broken out about the influence of the Gupta family over government was nothing new, the SACP suggested – mentioning as an example, the previous scandal over the influence of now-deceased businessman Brett Kebble in the ANC Youth League of earlier times.

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