Zuma: Ministers' performances unpredictable
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.