Madonsela won’t be ‘drawn in’ on minister’s letters of reprimand
Thuli Madonsela doesn’t want to express her view on the matter as she believes it’s in Parliament’s hands.
CAPE TOWN - The Public Protector's office will not be drawn on whether or not President Jacob Zuma's letters of reprimand to the ministers involved in the Nkandla saga are adequate.
Thuli Madonsela does not want to express her view on the matter because she believes it's in Parliament's hands.
The letters sent to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, his predecessor Geoff Doidge and former police minister Nathi Mthethwa have been slammed by opposition politicians for falling short of the severe rebuke expected.
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, whose report on the spending saga contradicted that of the Public Protector's, has not been reprimanded.
In March this year, the country's highest court found the president's failure to comply with Madonsela's 2014 directives were a breach of his constitutional obligations.
In her investigation report titled "Secure in Comfort", Madonsela directed Zuma to reprimand cabinet ministers for the appalling manner in which the Nkandla project was handled and state funds were abused.
She found the president unduly benefited from the non-security features which formed part of the R246 million project to upgrade his private home in rural KwaZulu-Natal.
Her spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, won't be drawn on whether Zuma has done what was expected.
"She doesn't want to express her views on whether or not the letters meet the requirements of the remedial action that she directed in that matter. She feels that perhaps that is something Parliament should be faced with."
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the letters are a joke and another insult to the South African public.
Party leader Mmusi Maimane says, "I've also asked our legal team to investigate whether these constitute a thorough and proper reprimand."
Nhleko, whose report on the spending saga contradicted that of the Public Protector's, has not been reprimanded.
A copy of the reprimand letter sent by President Zuma to Public Works Minister Thuli Nxesi. The same letter was sent to former Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge and former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
The letter sent to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete relating to the reprimand letters sent by President Zuma to Public Works Minister Thuli Nxesi, former Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge and former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.