- Jackson Mthembu recently called for government to convince Mzansi that a new leaf had been turned in South Africa
- The Minister in the Presidency said that Ramaphosa's administration had been built on clean governance
- Mthembu also touched on the situation concerning the Public Protector and her various controversial findings
Jackson Mthembu feels its vital for the state to convince citizens that the government has turned a new leaf.
Speaking to NewzRoom Afrika, Mthembu was adamant that this realisation was vital for the nation to move forward:
"It is the president's prerogative to appoint and disappoint people in the executive, so on that score, the president had all the authority, including the top six. He could put his foot down and say these are the type of people I would like to work with in this new dawn. If we want to take South Africa forward, we need to convince people in our country that we have turned a new leaf."
Mthembu's comments come on the back of the debacle surrounding Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's adverse findings against Minister Pravin Gordhan.
Briefly.co.za reported that the report, finding Gordhan had violated the Ethics Code when he approved the early retirement of SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay, was released right before President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to appoint him to Cabinet.
Mthembu is convinced that Gordhan's appointment, despite these findings, was above board:
"Mkhwebane never said Gordhan must not be appointed as minister. All she said was he must be disciplined. But how could the president take action when already the person accused of wrongdoing is taking the matter on review?"
The minister also came to the president's defence in his own show-down with Mkhwebane- the BOSASA donation debacle:
"The details of who put how much, in which account, he might not even know the accounts, by the way. People who will be quite up to date with the account will be the trustees of those accounts."
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