Zuma avoiding accountability - DA

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has attempted to avoid accountability in his response over the R246m security upgrades at his Nkandla private home, the DA said on Thursday.

"Not only does his response undermine the public protector’s findings, but it is also an attempt by the President to act as both judge and jury on this matter," DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

Zuma submitted his response to Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, on Thursday.

In the response, Zuma requested ministers in the security cluster and the public works minister, Thulas Nxesi, to report to Parliament on their "clearly defined roles and responsibilities" when dealing with the president, the deputy president and their predecessors' security when implementing Cabinet policy.

Nxesi should urgently report to Cabinet on the review of protocols and procedures regarding procurement, expenditure and oversight applicable, he said.

Lastly, Zuma said Cabinet should review the 2003 policy on the security of the president, deputy president and their predecessors with a view to setting parameters for implementation.

Mmusi said by requiring the Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko, who reports to President Zuma himself, to make a determination of the amount owed, despite the public protector already finding that President owes “a reasonable percentage of the cost” is blatantly scandalous.

Maimane said it was also unclear whether Zuma has "reprimanded the ministers involved for the appalling manner in which state funds were abused" as recommended by Madonsela.

The DA would not allow Zuma to go "scot-free", Maimane said.

Mbete should urgently announce the formation of an ad hoc committee to consider Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report, as well as this unsuitable reply.

"We will demand that the President come and explain himself before the committee, and give evidence."

Made-In SA 2014/08/14 09:52:28 PM
As expected Number One's response was-I did not know about it and I did not ask for it AND they inconvenienced me while they were building in my backyard no less.
Made-In SA 2014/08/14 10:00:08 PM
A cover up and whitewash is on Waterkloof Airbase Guptagate Seriti style.Smoke and mirrors.The objective is to make it look Number One has no blame.A scapegoat did it. But just remember what happened to the scapegoat with Guptagate,Bruce Koloane,he is now in line for promotion,while 2 white Air Force officers are in the dock of a military court. The search for the truth is on.
WildCatSally 2014/08/14 10:01:26 PM
Seems JayZee and Oscar Pisstorius are cut from the same cloth. EVERYONE else is to blame and can not take responsibilities for their appalling actions. GTH
Bheka Impilo 2014/08/14 10:05:27 PM
Nx! The DA will never be satisfied with any response at all, will they? And they wonder why no-one ever takes them seriously, even before they read the response they already have answers to it why they cant accept it. So yawn we ignore whatever response they have to the response
Monica Oosthuizen 2014/08/14 10:07:09 PM
Oet Let's face it, guilty or not, he was still elected president. We should get over it and accept it. Corruption is the order of the day and so it shall be. Same old media reporting, nothing changes, nothing will change. Anc will rule for many years to come. Let's just hope in time the leadership mindset changes.
Robert Miller 2014/08/14 10:13:41 PM
Bla Bla Bla. Accountability is not in their vocabulary. But there is one word that stands out in accountability and that's account. Eish and that account must be full of money all the time.viva.
Made-In SA 2014/08/14 10:28:37 PM
Where does the buck stop in South Africa?It wont stop at Number One,Number One will just steal it.
Mkululi Ngqeza 2014/08/14 10:35:11 PM
DA wont allow JZ to be free even if he is inocent
Roy Skea 2014/08/14 10:35:17 PM
Jacob, Jacob, Jacob......you are such a Rubbish! You steal from your own..... How you sleep at night, at the expense of those in need will be documented... You will feature in the History of South Africa, but for the wrong reasons. Your progeny will be held to task for your actions - your legacy will hurt! You will be remembered as the Clown wearing the Crown. Time for a swim in the Fire Pool?
jungleboy 2014/08/14 10:37:21 PM
Fudge fudge fudge. ...