Zuma report to go before the cabinet

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday promised to let his cabinet study a report by Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela, pictured, which found he had violated the executive code of ethics by failing to declare his interests in time.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday promised to let his cabinet study a report by Public Protector Thulisile Madonsela, pictured, which found he had violated the executive code of ethics by failing to declare his interests in time.

"The report will be presented to the cabinet for a discussion, after which the president will submit it to Parliament," the Presidency said.

The report was handed to the Presidency on Wednesday. In it, Madonsela branded Zuma's actions as "tardy" and recommended the report should be considered by the cabinet for a decision on further action.

It will then be sent to Parliament.

Madonsela found that Zuma was not the only culprit in the cabinet as there was a "systematic pattern of noncompliance" by a significant number of members in declaring their interests on time.

By law Zuma had to declare his interests within 60 days of taking office, but he missed the deadline by eight months and did so only after the press pointed this out. prompting the DA to ask the public protector to investigate him.

DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip yesterday said the report underlined a lack of accountability that permeated politics and posed a major challenge for Parliament, which now had to decide how to handle the fact that the president had broken the law.- Sapa

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