Wrong to blame politicians for Nkandla - Nxesi

2015-07-29 20:06
The swimming pool at Nkandla. (Matthew Middleton, News24)

The swimming pool at Nkandla. (Matthew Middleton, News24)

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Cape Town – No politician was involved in the failure to comply with supply chain management processes in the upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Wednesday.

"It will be incorrect to assume that behind the failure to comply with the supply chain management processes there is a politician. That is wrong," he told Parliament’s ad hoc committee on Nkandla.

He said the problem with public works projects like hospitals and prisons lay with outsourcing work to the private sector.

"Part of the problem is because a lot of qualified built environment officials were allowed to go out with the outsourcing and minimise the [role of the] state. It’s neo liberalism that the state must focus on its core function.

"But that’s part of the problem, the outsourcing and the downsizing of the public service."

He said the debate should be around "reconstructing" the public works department and bringing back the skilled people that had left.

Casting aspersions on politicians was unfair, he added.

Read more on:    thulas nxesi  |  cape town  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics  |  nkandla upgrade  |  parliament 2015

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