DA: Zuma govt lacks accountability

2011-01-26 18:28

Cape Town - The DA on Wednesday condemned President Jacob Zuma's refusal to name 24 Cabinet members who failed to disclose their financial interests in time as proof of his administration's lack of accountability.

"The president's response is indicative of the Zuma administration's growing disrespect for accountability and transparency. It also indicates a disdain for Parliament's constitutionally mandated responsibility to conduct oversight of the executive," Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said.

"Furthermore, the president's response highlights his own ethically compromised position."

He said the fact that Zuma missed the deadline to disclose his own interests by some eight months "continues to undermine his ability to promote accountability and basic democratic principles".


Zuma said in response to a parliamentary question by the DA on Tuesday that he saw no point in releasing the names of the 24 politicians as they had made a bona fide mistake.

"A number of members of the executive failed to disclose their financial interests in terms of the Executive Ethics Code within 60 days of their appointment...," the president said.

"The reason for this failure was a misunderstanding on the part of these members... who believed that because they had made a disclosure to Parliament around the same time in terms of the Parliamentary Ethics Code, they had complied with all necessary requirements."

Requirements for the two codes were the same, he said.

But Trollip said the statement appeared to contradict the findings of the Public Protector, who pointed out the lapse of the 24 Cabinet members last year during her investigation into Zuma's own failure to disclose on time.

She pointed to a "systematic pattern of non-compliance" and subsequently voiced frustration with a reluctance on the part of the executive to address the problem.

  • Freddie - 2011-01-26 18:46

    "The reason for this failure was a misunderstanding on the part of these members." Since when has ignorance of the law (rules), been innocence? - 2011-01-26 21:49

      misunderstanding my arse, wtf are thy hiding, pigs all of them.

  • richard - 2011-01-26 18:53

    Don't woory, one of these days they will stop altogether to submit this. Or maybe they just have so much assets that there was not enough time to disclose it all. Bona fide mistake. Ahg please, they think everyone buys that. Well I don't

  • Pete OJ - 2011-01-26 19:28

    blahblah blaggghhh!!!!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-26 19:32

    These guys shouldn't have any business interests at all. They should just do the jobs for which we are paying them.

  • Fred - 2011-01-26 19:50

    Maybe I shouldn't pay a speeding fine I just got because I MISUNDERSTOOD the road signs !!!!!!! - 2011-01-26 20:04

      Ag, what, Fred. Just slow down next time.

  • pop101 - 2011-01-26 20:59

    Well, wars started because of misunderstandings. If you are a member of Parliament, or hold any other high position, this behavior should be unacceptable.

  • Lindinha - 2011-01-26 21:09

    And their followers do the same in the work place... don't take any accountability and be responsible citizens.

  • - 2011-01-26 21:25

    Failing to disclose their financial interests in terms of the Executive Ethics Code within 60 days of their appointment is not and cannot possibly be a bona fide mistake. What is so complicated about understanding and interpreting a very straight forward code that these 24 politicians had difficulty with. It does raise concerns about their understanding and interpretation of the complex matters which require applying their minds before casting a vote. You cannot criticise the DA for saying that the government lacks accountability.

  • ji - 2011-01-27 08:55

    what do you expect from the corrupt , thieveing clowns (ANC) , they dont have a honest bone in their body .

  • PB - 2011-01-27 09:06

    Typically ANC - "Eish I made a mistake...". It covers everything from breaking stuff to F'ing up the country. Accountability, just like maintenance are words that does not exist for them.

  • Homer - 2011-01-27 09:39

    This is no big surprise

  • bill - 2011-01-27 09:42

    Morality and the rule of law have sunk to a new low with this savage in charge.Can Trevor Manual, Sue VD Merwe,Gorhan and other civilised members be comfortable seated at the cabinet table with a president like this?

      lldoidge - 2011-01-27 09:44

      They are cadre sheep so follow the leader which makes them as dumb as the leader!

  • ruffled - 2011-01-27 10:43

    yip ... the african way .. no rule of law ... lack of disciplne ... murder..rape ... whore ...steal ... take note the civilised world !

  • Janaman - 2011-01-27 10:45

    Like accountability is the only thing they 'lack'

  • johnbradfield27 - 2011-01-27 22:37

    "DA: Zuma govt lacks accountability" No shit!

  • Phutie - 2011-01-31 08:11

    who are these people called DA as far I'm concerned they are oposit of the ANC is doing so they cannot see anything good in the ANC.ANC liberated me personally as I haave suffered in the hands of minority.Aparheid that was embrased and still is by DA did some damage in my life.ViVA Viva.I shall never vote for a white party

  • CALAMITYSA - 2011-11-17 09:10

    What did you expect?? It is a CULTURE!! And a gutless one as well. Corruption is an AFRICAN culture and not even evolution will be able to change cultures!!

  • frank.hartry - 2011-11-17 10:02

    The fact is that there are no politicians at all levels of government in South Africa who are accountable to the people. This is because we have the stupid undemocratic system of elections where we only elect the political party of our choice and not the politician. They are nominated to their lucrative positions in a frenzy of 'jobs for pals' within all political parties. The 'lazy' politicians do no campaigning to be elected and so we do not know them. We are unable to judge our politicians as in other democratic countries and we do not individually vote them in and we cannot vote them out. Only 2300 ANC delegates voted for this man Zuma to be the ANC present and subsequently the state present. Zille and De Lille were nominated and not elected. We 23 million voters have no say in the matter. That is why the politicians of South Africa are proving to be the most corrupt in Africa. Albeit the world. It is crazy that we have been conned into our undemocratic system of electioneering.

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