Failure to name ministers 'a mistake'

2011-01-27 17:22

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:

  • Zuma.
  • Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
  • Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.
  • Former Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya.
  • Former Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.
  • International Affairs and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
  • Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande.
  • Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.
  • Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
  • Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana.
  • Public Works Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
  • Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunus Carrim.
  • Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.
  • Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.
  • Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan
  • Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zoe Kota-Fredericks.
  • Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.
  • Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize.
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Pieter Mulder.
  • The late Health Deputy Minister Molefi Sefularo.
  • Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.
  • Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla.
  • Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister Andries Nel.
  • Public Service and Administration Minister, Richard Baloyi.

  • Nicky - 2011-01-27 17:41

    Just as he didn't release his financial interests earlier last many times is he going to be "forgiven" for these mistakes. He is the president and should therefore know what his duty is in respect to these sort of things. How convenient then that he keeps sweeping it away as a "mistake" - about time he took accountablity!

  • Sedick - 2011-01-27 18:22

    I wish I could say that I believe them, and that mistakes do happen. However, based on Zuma's history of mistakes wrt his "financial interests" declaration, we should expect this. This new South Africa is rapidly generating into a Banana Republic with it's mistruths, corruption, and downright lies............

  • DeonL - 2011-01-27 18:28

    The list of Ministers in time is probably shorter!

  • Old Man - 2011-01-27 18:36

    What's wrong with SAPA these days? The title of the article is misleading, suggesting that it was a 'mistake' to not release the names of the members of the Executive that 'mistakenly' did not make their submissions on time. And then... That's a lot of ministers that made a 'mistake'. How many got it right?

  • JLAM - 2011-01-27 19:17

    The executive has nothing to hide! If we are late with disclosures or tax or anything we are fined. So they should lead by example. I am shocked at the list of ministers top of which is the President himself. I wonder if I could use the Bone Fide mistake defense if I forget to submit my taxes!! You are the examples to this nation. SHAME ON YOU. But as usual you will just shrug it off and make fools of The people who voted you in!!!

  • JS - 2011-01-27 23:24

    The headline of this article is another mistake. It implies something completely different from what the article is saying.

  • AGT - 2011-01-28 07:03

    give us details of their interests; only then will it be considered a full disclosure

  • Collitjies - 2011-01-28 09:07

    Everyone commenting on this article are wasting their time as those who SHOULD see your comments are not shown them or they can't read anyway.

  • Cameron Briceland - 2011-01-28 10:14

    Wake up people! Most of the ministers listed above have no respect for themselves, let alone the concerns of the public..just look how fat and physically unattractive they are..They are stuffing their faces with food and drink and stuffing their pockets with the taxpayers money..disgusting.

  • blujaz - 2011-01-28 10:37

    Just plain shocking....and disgraceful.

  • e - 2011-01-28 12:58

    The real mistake is having a President who has been charged with corruption, fraud and rape! Well done, ANC, you have turned this country into a banana Republic run by criminals!

  • Shrek - 2011-01-28 13:58

    And this is why people still live in shacks without electricity, water, proper sanitation, proper schools, etc.

  • MR G(PE) - 2011-01-28 14:20

    The only solution to this is the Ballot box and pushout this Idiot we call a President of our Country and his friends.Enough is enough...

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-01-28 15:55

    It is amazing that 16 years into democracy there are people who hate blacks so much. Zuma is the President of South Africa because more than 65% voted for the ANC. We don't care about the few idiots who are the minority and want to take this country back to apartheid. This country is ruled by a black government because they are the majority. If you are not happy about our country, go to Europe and find a country to live in. This country will never again be governed by people who protect the interest of the minority at the expense of the black. Thank you ANC for liberating this country from the imperialists.

  • JoJo - 2011-01-28 16:42

    @Musa. If it is your perception the white people hate blacks, then that's your problem. Mostly we hate the things government is/is not doing. It's the attitude and ignorance that you display right here that is hateful.

  • White South African - 2011-01-28 16:51

    Musa Ngubane, why bring rascism into this, nobody has raised this as black on white. FYI whites dont necessary hate blacks just because they critizise wrongdoers, who should know better, seeing as they are Ministers of State.

  • Zion Pay - 2011-01-28 17:04

    Musa Ngubane, This is not about racism, that is your angle. It is about that list of names that preceed these comments. Those ministers were given a job to do and with that job came certain obligations anf therein they failed dismally. You seem to condome that. I personally do not give a damn who the ministers are but I do and pay for those services that are not delivered. I from my cultural point of view, if I may, see those actions as blatant incompetence. An no I will not leave this country simply because the ANC is to inept to run it properly. Little mistakes if ignored become big mistakes. In fact so big that the country is floundring on the edge of chaos.

  • Karin Walker - 2011-01-28 17:23

    Didnt Zuma also "forget" to submit tax returns for 7 years? Was this also a "bona fide" mistake? God , what a joke these people are!

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