Zuma cor­rupt and min­is­ters don’t do their jobs – Manuel

CityPress - - Business - LE­SETJA MA­LOPE le­setja.ma­lope@city­press.co.za

For­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Trevor Manuel has ac­cused Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma of be­ing “cor­rupt and in­ca­pable” of lead­ing the coun­try. He also said that some of Zuma’s Cab­i­net min­is­ters don’t do their jobs.

Manuel, in what has been one of his frank­est pub­lic com­ments on the Zuma ad­min­is­tra­tion, said dur­ing a Gor­don In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Science event in Joburg this week that there was a pure lack of ac­count­abil­ity within Cab­i­net.

“When you look around the world to­day, it seems to be okay for peo­ple to get away with what they try to get away with, start­ing with our own pres­i­dent – he is cor­rupt and has demon­strated him­self as in­ca­pable of lead­ing this na­tion,” Manuel said.

Flanked by An­gloGold Ashanti chair­per­son Sipho Pityana and Ned­bank CEO Mike Brown as pan­el­lists, Manuel said the in­stances of com­pe­tent peo­ple be­ing re­placed with in­com­pe­tent peo­ple, who owe grat­i­tude be­fore they even start, is an­other phe­nom­e­non that has led to the col­lapse of the sys­tem of ac­count­abil­ity within gov­ern­ment. Manuel said there were min­is­ters who didn’t do their jobs, but they get away with it be­cause there is no ac­count­abil­ity. “Cor­rup­tion is not just an eth­i­cal mis­de­meanour, it’s a vi­o­la­tion of the law.” Manuel added that, dur­ing his days as min­is­ter, mem­bers of Cab­i­net knew that they could be called to ex­plain them­selves and ac­count for their ac­tions at any time. Manuel said po­lit­i­cal party fund­ing was an­other fac­tor that should be han­dled with care and trans­parency. Dur­ing the ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion, Manuel was asked to com­ment on his po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions, but de­clined to com­ment. He had pre­vi­ously said he would not avail him­self for a gov­ern­ment po­si­tion un­less it was in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity. Manuel said the busi­ness com­mu­nity had a duty to call an end to what was hap­pen­ing in the coun­try.

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