Zuma: Ministers' performances unpredictable

2011-11-01 12:02
Cape Town - It is impossible to know how people will perform when they are appointed to public office, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"You cannot know how people will perform," Zuma told a business breakfast meeting when asked about his sacking two ministers and suspending national police commissioner Bheki Cele.

"Once a person is in the job then the reality comes. You can't say that because I made a choice I better stick to it. You want to see things happen," he said.

Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle last week, which included replacing then Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Shiceka was alleged to have spent about R600 000 of taxpayers' money on unsanctioned luxury travel, including overseas visits to a girlfriend imprisoned in Switzerland for drug smuggling.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde was found guilty by the public protector of wrongdoing for her role in a SA Police Service lease deal.

Cele was suspended with full pay and Nhlanhla Mkwanazi appointed acting commissioner.
Zuma said government could not be reckless and emotional in its decisions.

"As a government we must retain our character as a responsible entity," he said.
"We can't act recklessly.

"The government cannot be taken by emotional and sensational issues."

Decisions had to be correct and well thought-out, he said.

Read more on:    sicelo shiceka  |  jacob zuma  |  gwen mahlangu-nkabinde  |  bheki cele  |  politics
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