Maimane brands Zuma’s ‘reprimand’ letters a joke

2016-04-24 13:36

Cape Town  DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Sunday branded letters sent by President Jacob Zuma reprimanding ministers for the Nkandla scandal as a "joke".
“The letters are a joke, and do not constitute a reprimand by any normal understanding of the word,” said Maimane in a statement.
He suggested the letters simply reinforced “President Zuma’s arrogant refusal to accept that he did anything wrong.
“The letters do not specifically reprimand the ministers for their involvement in this unacceptable abuse of public funds, and for their role over the course of several years in trying to hide facts and shield the President from accountability,” Maimane said.
On Friday, the presidency announced that letters of reprimand had been sent to three high-ranking officials, including two cabinet ministers and one former cabinet minister, for their involvement in the Nkandla saga – in which R250 million was spent on supposed security upgrades at his private residence.

'Deliver the reprimand required'

In the letters – published on Sunday – Zuma said, “The Constitutional Court has affirmed the direction by the Public Protector, amongst others, that I am required to reprimand the ministers involved in the Nkandla project, for what the Public Protector termed 'the appalling manner in which the Nkandla project was handled and state funds were abused… '
“Pursuant to the latter I hereby deliver the reprimand required.”


Commenting on the content of the letters, Maimane said they lacked specificity on the wrongdoings committed by each minister.
“The Democratic Alliance has forwarded these letters to our legal team, and have asked them to advise us on whether they constitute an adequate reprimand as envisioned by the Public Protector," he said.

Another insult

“If not, we will not hesitate to seek to compel the President to reprimand these ministers fully and thoroughly.”
Maimane suggested the letters were “another insult to the public, and President Zuma is once again mistaken if he thinks this will draw a line under the matter". 
The officials who received the letters are Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi, former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and former minister of public works and current High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Geoff Doidge.
The letters came after the Constitutional Court’s ruling that Zuma violated his oath of office by not complying with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action.

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