Nxesi rebuked by opposition over Nkandla

Parties seized the opportunity yesterday to reprimand the Public Works Minister over the spending scandal.

FILE. Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - With President Jacob Zuma yet to reprimand any ministers involved in the Nkandla debacle, opposition parties have issued their own rebuke to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

Parties seized the opportunity offered by the debate on the Public Works Department's R21 billion budget in the National Assembly yesterday.

Opposition parties tackled Nxesi over the Nkandla scandal.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Marshall Dlamini said, "Let me take this opportunity to reprimand Mr Thulas Nxesi for the abuse of public funds under his watch."

The National Freedom Party (NFP)'S Nhlanhla Khubisa said, "This is also the department which stands in the middle of the Nkandla saga. The department which through complicity, omission or neglect of duty has brought South Africa to the brink of a constitutional crisis."

Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin defended his boss, saying he arrived in office long after tenders had gone out and budgets had been spent.