Cwele must hand in his resignation

2011-05-07 11:48

South African history suggests that it is a ­futile exercise to ask a minister to step down.

That, however, does not stop us from ­suggesting again that if State Security Minister ­Siyabonga Cwele has any respect for the office he holds or the people of South Africa, he will hand President Jacob Zuma his resignation.

We are not holding our breath, though.

But this will not stop us from taking the ­high road and asking Cwele to do the right thing.

In other democracies, this would not be up for ­discussion.

The aphorism that “not only must Caesar be above his suspicion, but his wife too”, holds in this case.

It is unacceptable that a minister in charge of intelligence is married to a drug dealer.

The quality of the marriage is neither here nor there.

It would have been bad enough, but perhaps mitigatory, if Cwele was any other Cabinet minister whose job was not related to the safety and security of the state.

As political head of the country’s intelligence gathering formations, it is another matter altogether.

He is simply too ­compromised to continue in the job he holds.

Having been the first serving Cabinet minister to have a spouse jailed for a serious offence, Cwele can still take something from this messy affair by being the first to voluntarily quit.

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