Nkandla Debacle: Zuma Reprimands Ministers Involved


While we await the National Treasury to come up with an agreed amount for president Zuma to pay, the office of the president has on Friday, announced that it has issued letters of reprimand to the three ministers linked to Nkandla debacle.

In its official statement, the presidency says the three ministers which include two Cabinet ministers and one former Cabinet minister will face remedial action for their involvement in the Nkandla saga,

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These officials are Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and former Minister of Public Works and current High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Mr Geoff Doidge.

These letters were sent in line with the Constitutional Court’s order‚ from March 31‚ that President Zuma must comply with the remedial action taken against him‚ by the Public Protector in her report of 19 March 2014

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Also, the presidency added that “Work is continuing to implement the remedial action and that “the payment of a reasonable percentage of the cost of the measures will be done after the National Treasury has made a determination.”

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It also said that Zuma has established an inter-departmental committee saddled with the responsibility of drafting a new cabinet policy.

The committee is expected to “draft clear standards on the security measures that can be taken, the reasonable cost that can be incurred by the state and the conditions subject to which current and former Presidents and Deputy Presidents would qualify for such measures.”

In addition, Zuma said “the Department of Defence is drafting the Standard Operating Procedures regulating the implementation of the benefits extended to Presidents‚ Deputy Presidents‚ the Minister and Deputy Minister of Defence and foreign dignitaries (at the request of the Minister of International Relations)‚ which is aligned with the principles of equality‚ proportionality‚ reasonableness and justifiability”.