19 March 2014

South Africa: Jacob Zuma Guilty of Ethical Violations - Public Protector


The Public Protector's office has found President Jacob Zuma guilty of ethical violations regarding the security upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

As the report notes, "[Zuma's] failure to act in protection of state resources constitutes a violation of ... the executive ethics code." This, Madonsela says, "is inconsistent with his office as a member of Cabinet, as contemplated by section 96 of the Constitution." It is a devastating report of a Presidency gone awry. By RICHARD POPLAK and RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

In her comprehensive report on the so-called "Nkandla Project", released to the press during a media lock-up at the Public Protector's office in Hatfield, Pretoria, this morning, Thuli Madonsela made devastating findings against President Jacob Zuma, the Ministers of Police and Public Works, the former Minister and Deputy Minister of Public Works, and officials of Public Works, Police and the Department of Defence.

In short, the report is an indictment of a presidential project that spun massively out of control. The document's release should have sizeable implications on the elections scheduled for 7 May.

The 443-page report, which collates interviews and thousands of pages of documents, reveals a mess of improper conduct, ethical violations and maladministration that stretch all the way ...

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