Goverment says it is law unto self
NEWS that the government is taking Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on Nkandla to court for a judicial review shows contempt for South African citizens.
Madonsela found that President Jacob Zuma had unduly benefited from the R246-million upgrades to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal.
There is nothing to be contested there, because even a one-eyed fool can see the material benefit.
The dude now has a large swimming pool (or fire pool, if you insist), kraal, chicken run, spaza shop and other upgrades that add comfort to his homestead.
The government argues that the findings and actions recommended in the report are irrational, contradictory and are informed by material errors of law.
Furthermore, the ministers of the security cluster said they believed that the public protector’s report and the investigation she conducted violate the separation of powers doctrine and offend against section 198(d) of the country’s constitution, which vests national security in parliament and executive.
Basically what this statement means is that the president and his executives are accountable only to themselves and nobody else a scary thought indeed.
The government expects to lodge the court challenge within the next week.