Failure to name ministers 'a mistake'
Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's failure to name 24 cabinet members who failed to disclose their financial interests in time was a "bona fide mistake", a government spokesperson said on Thursday.
"As said in President Jacob Zuma's reply to Parliament, this failure was a bona fide mistake as the members had disclosed their assets and interests to Parliament at the same time in terms of the Parliamentary Ethics Code," a statement from government spokesperson Themba Maseko said.
"When the mistake was realised, all Members of the executive corrected their mistake and made the correct disclosures."
Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said on Wednesday that Zuma's response "is indicative of the administration's growing disrespect for accountability and transparency".
Maseko said Zuma did not feel that "any useful purpose" would be served in releasing the names as members had already complied.
He said however, that the national executive has "nothing to hide" on the matter and listed the names, who include:
- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.
- Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.
- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim.
- Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zoe Kota-Fredericks.
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Pieter Mulder.
- Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel.