SACP calls minister’s reprimand ‘disturbing’

2016-04-26 12:16

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Pietermaritzburg - Provincial SACP leadership questioned the reprimanding of Public Works Minister and the party’s deputy national chairperson Thulas Nxesi over the handling of the Nkandla upgrades.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma wrote to Nxesi, former Police minister Nathi Mthethwa and former Public Works minister Geoff Doidge to reprimand them for their handling of the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

The reprimanding of the three had followed a Constitutional Court judgment which ruled that Zuma had violated the Constitution when he disregarded Public Protector Thuli Mandonsela’s remedial action that he repay a reasonable portion of the R246 million spent on the so-called security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Madonsela had also recommended that Zuma reprimand the ministers involved.

However, provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said the provincial SACP had been “disturbed” by the reprimand of Nxesi.

“The SACP in the Moses Mabhida Province believes that the reprimand is unwarranted mainly because when the monumental acts of corruption and theft of state resources at a massive scale were committed Comrade Thulas Nxesi was not the minister of Public Works.

“The party believes the reprimand is very unfair to Comrade Thulas, more especially because when he took over he is the one who instituted investigations that resulted in the action taken against certain officials.

“Worse still, the recent Constitutional Court judgment did not pronounce on Nxesi’s involvement in the Nkandla debacle,” he said

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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