DA: Zuma should have fired Zwane

While the president says he's reprimanded the minister over his comments, the DA wants more stringent action.

FILE: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: Screengrab: Youtube

CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says President Jacob Zuma should have fired Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane following his statement that a judicial commission of inquiry will be launched into the termination of banking services to the Gupta-owned company Oakbay Investments.

In a recent Parliamentary reply, Zuma said he has reprimanded Zwane over his comments.

But the DA wants more stringent action.

In response to a written parliamentary question, Zuma said he reprimanded Zwane for calling for the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the termination of financial services to the Gupta owned Oakbay Investments.

The Presidency distanced itself from Zwane’s statement saying he acted in his personal capacity and did not represent the task team nor Cabinet.

DA Shadow Minister of Finance David Maynier says he will demand further detail from the president.

“We feel that President Jacob Zuma needs to explain why he failed to make a public statement following the reprimand of the minister.”

Maynier says just as letters of reprimand sent to ministers in the Nkandla debacle were tabled in Parliament, the same should have applied to Zwane.

Maynier says Zuma’s response to a parliamentary question relating to action taken against Zwane constitutes a non-response.

He says Zuma’s response that he reprimanded the minister needs to be clarified.

“I’m going to submit a further parliamentary question to President Jacob Zuma probing all the particulars of what amounts to a secret reprimand of the minister for his role in calling for a judicial commission of inquiry.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)