Ministers should rather keep quiet

Thulas Nxesi, the minister whose department spearheaded the splurging of millions of rands of taxpayers’ money on Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, has seen it fit to launch a fresh attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

In an interview with the Sowetan, Nxesi, who is in charge of public works, accused Madonsela of lying and “playing to the gallery”.

The more these ministers open their mouths on Nkandla the more damage they cause.

For instance, Nxesi’s attempt to justify the building of some 40 houses behind the mountain at Zuma’s home as part of Zuma’s security upgrades at a cost of R130 million is absurd. He claims these houses belonging to the state were meant for officials who travel with Zuma and that at the end of his term, these houses “might” be sold to the local municipality.

Nxesi’s latest hogwash is yet another pathetic attempt to hide the truth from the public.

He and his Cabinet colleagues can bury their heads in the sand and vilify Madonsela, but the fact remains, there is no justification whatsoever for spending

R208 million on the private residence of a head of state whose term expires in a few years.

Unless Zuma has no plans to leave office.


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