Cabinet advises Zuma: Presidency

2013-08-04 20:48

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma primarily relies on Cabinet ministers for advice, the presidency said on Sunday.

"Ministers advise the President and Deputy President of the Republic on their portfolios and also make policy relating to these portfolios," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"The President calls on ministers for advice on issues and they are his primary advisors on issues of governance."

He was responding to a report in the City Press on Sunday, which he dismissed as misleading and incorrect.

The newspaper published an extract from a new book by political analyst Richard Calland and a front-page graphic under the headline Who the president listens to.

According to the newspaper, Zuma's advisors included his chief of staff Lakela Kaunda, Maharaj and international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu.

Maharaj said that for political advice Zuma, as president of the African National Congress, relied on the party's national executive committee, national working committee and its top five.

"Staff and advisors in the presidency provide backroom administrative and technical support to the President in the execution of his constitutional responsibilities..."

These responsibilities included the implementation of Cabinet decisions.

Maharaj said the report might have been based on an incorrect understanding of how Zuma worked and how the presidency functioned.

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