Public funds used to pay for Zuma’s “break” in Mozambique – David Maynier

DA MP says President transported to Bazarato Island by two SAAF Oryx helicopters

David Maynier

President Zuma’s “break” in Mozambique must be investigated by the Public Protector

I will request the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, to investigate the use of public funds by President Jacob Zuma for his recent “break” in Mozambique.

President Jacob Zuma reportedly used public funds to pay for part of his “break” on Bazaruto Island in Mozambique.

The facts are reportedly as follows:

 

  • A Falcon 50, operated by the SAAF’s Squadron 21 (VIP) Squadron, transported President Jacob Zuma to Vilanculos International Airport in Mozambique; and
  • Two Oryx helicopters, operated by the SAAF, then transported President Jacob Zuma from Vilanculos International Airport to Bazaruto Island.

 

The SAAF’s two Oryx helicopters and Falcon 50 presumably transported President Jacob Zuma back to South Africa after his break in Mozambique.

We do not know the total cost of operating the Falcon 50 and the two Oryx helicopters.

The President’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, reportedly claims that everything was done according to the rules.

However, the rules are, bizarrely, classified and set out, depending on who you believe, in a secret “President Handbook” or an appendix to a Cabinet Minute.

I will therefore request the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, to investigate the use of public funds by President Jacob Zuma on his recent “break” in Mozambique.

This follows a similar request for the Public Protector to investigate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe‘s use of public funds to pay for part of his holiday in the Seychelles.

In the end, the public should not be expected to fork out millions of rands to pay for presidential holidays.

If Prime Minister David Cameron can use a discount airline for his holiday, why can’t President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe use commercial airlines for their holidays?

Statement issued by David Maynier MP, DA Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, March 7 2013

Govt must cough up Nkandlagate report – Lindiwe Mazibuko

DA PL says its a splap in the face of transparency for report to be kept secrecy

Lindiwe Mazibuko

DA submits PAIA application to access ‘Nkandlagate’ Report

I will today submit an application, in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to gain access to the now secret ‘Nkandlagate’ Report.

I can also announce that a formal request has been made to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, Ms Manana Mabuza, by DA Shadow Minister of Public Works, Anchen Dreyer, for the report to be tabled and discussed in the committee.

It is a slap in the face of accountability and transparency for the report, which makes a number of unsubstantiated assertions, to remain secret. This casts yet another shadow over this shameful saga and makes it clear that the Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, is engaged in a concerted campaign to protect President Zuma from accountability at all costs.

President Zuma must do the right thing and intervene to ensure that his government tables the report in Parliament for proper scrutiny and debate.

If he fails to do so, having gained access to the document through a PAIA application, I will table the report myself as I am empowered to do as a member of the National Assembly.

South Africa wants answers and the DA will not stop fighting until we get them.

Statement issued by Lindiwe Mazibuko MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, January 29 2013

 

Lindiwe Mazibuko’s call defies common sense – ANC

Office of Chief Whip says it is naked opportunism to demand release of confidential report

MAZIBUKO’S CALL FOR PUBLIC DEBATE ON CONFIDENTIAL REPORT UNINFORMED

 

29 January 2012

Ms Lindiwe Mazibuko‘s call for the report on the investigation of the allegations relating to the private residence of the President to be tabled before Parliament “for it to be fully scrutinised and debated” is misguided and defies common sense.

We can only assume that her call was made on the spur of the moment, overwhelmed by the excitement of the media platform, and would therefore give her the benefit of the doubt. As a leader of the official opposition in Parliament, Ms Mazibuko ought to know that Parliament does not conduct public debates on reports of this nature, particularly those dealing with sensitive security information relating to the state or the head of the state.

It is naked opportunism for a person in her position, regardless of her emotional state, to contemplate such a call in the media. It exhibits a lack of rudimentary understanding on the role of Parliament.

It is reasonable and appropriate for a report of such confidential nature to be forwarded to the law enforcement agencies to investigate any possible acts of criminality, rather than be made the subject of a public political spectacle. No country can lay bare the sensitive security details of its head of state or the security operations of the state for public “debate and scrutiny”, as suggested by Ms Mazibuko.

Confused and uninformed political posturing, which Ms Mazibuko has the penchant for, can be easily mistaken for a robust and fearless parliamentary oversight over the executive. Parliament should not serve as a platform for gutter politics. We will not allow a situation whereby the constitutional role of Parliament is denigrated in such fashion.

We agree with the Head Office’s statement that through this report, our government has proven that it is responsive and accountable as it has responded to the public opinion on the need for an investigation.

Statement issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip, January 29 2013

 

South Africa is open for business – Jacob Zuma

President tells WEF meeting that Mangaung has restored policy certainty

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

Address by President Jacob Zuma to the South African Business Community attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland

23 January 2013

 

 

 

 

Honourable Ministers,

Brand SA Chairperson, Ms Chichi Maponya,

The South African business community,

WEF representatives,

Members of the media,

Good afternoon to you all.

We are here in Davos, as South Africans from different sectors, to present South Africa to the World Economic Forum as a country of many opportunities, and as a destination of choice for investors.

We will present a South Africa that is part of the impressively growing African continent.

We also meet in Davos just a few weeks after a very important political event in our country, the 53rd national conference of the African National Congress, which plays a key role in determining the country’s policy direction.

The conference adopted the National Development Plan, which was produced last year by the National Planning Commission in my office, as our blueprint towards development and prosperity.

The conference has thus set the tone and provided the line of march, not only for the next five years, but until 2030.Nobody can say that they are uncertain about the direction that our country is taking. That is the good news about South Africa.

The Mangaung conference also declared that our key objective for the next five years in particular, is to achieve comprehensive socio-economic freedom.

We have achieved a comprehensive political freedom and stability and consolidated our constitutional democracy. Now we must deliver prosperity and a better life for all, especially for the poor and the working class in our country.

Together as business, government, labour and the community sector, we must tackle our three fierce enemies – poverty, unemployment and inequality.

These three challenges remain persistent, regardless of the progress we are making in improving the quality of life for all.

You will recall that our Census 2011 report also indicated the high levels of inequality that we must still deal with, regardless of the strides we have made since 1994.

One of the findings of the Census 2011 is that income distribution and growth are still racially skewed in favour of white compatriots. This is a cause for concern for all of us.

It compels us to work together with all our social partners to attack head on, the triple challenges.

All these challenges will be easier to tackle now under a climate of policy certainty. They are easier to tackle if there is unity in action.

A positive note for our growth and development prospects, confirmed by the Census, is that we are essentially a nation of young people. Just over a third of the population is under the age of 15.

Therefore our focus on improving the quality of education and skills development is well-placed.

The good news is that we already have agreements on basic education and skills development signed by government, labour and business, which demonstrates the willingness to work together to solve problems facing the country. This willingness to work together is a very positive attribute of South Africa. We must celebrate it and nurture it.

Going forward, we invite the business sector to continue partnering government in finding solutions. There can be no “us and them”, we are building one country.

Now that the National Development Plan has been put on the table, and enjoys the widest support in the country by all political parties and sectors, we must now implement it, all of us.

In government and the ANC we will spend time at the two forthcoming makgotla this month and in February discussing the implementation of the plan. We invite business to do the same. We trust that companies will align their strategic plans with the National Development Plan. Companies should be able to say what they want to achieve by 2030 in terms of promoting sound and inclusive growth, in line with the National Development Plan.

We also urge companies to anticipate difficult situations such as the current global economic crisis which is impacting negatively in our country socially and economically.

The decrease in the demand and price of platinum, coupled with internal dynamics within the sector, are already leading to job losses in South Africa.

Shareholders naturally look at their profit margins and tend to prioritise them over jobs.

If we plan together as we should and keep channels of communication open at all times, we can arrive at win/win solutions that benefit the country as a whole, while protecting the vulnerable, especially workers and the poor in our country.

Compatriots,

Let me also remind you of our six job drivers in which we urge you and the international business sector to invest in. These are agriculture, tourism, infrastructure development, mining, manufacturing and the green economy. We have been promoting investments and growth in these six areas since 2010 and trust that you will continue to find opportunities. The purpose is to create jobs and improve the livelihoods of our people.

Infrastructure development is our flagship project, given its capacity to create jobs while changing the landscape of our country. Domestically there are roads, dams, power stations, schools, hospitals and more that are being built or refurbished. All these provide enormous opportunities for the business sector.

In the continent, the North-South infrastructure development corridor that South Africa champions, from Durban to Dar-es-Salaam, also provides enormous investment opportunities.

Let me reiterate that Mangaung has brought about policy certainty. Now is the time for us to work harder to break the back of poverty, unemployment and inequality, working together. We must focus our collective energies on building a prosperous South Africa and the achievement of socio-economic freedom in our lifetime for our people.

It is also the time for all us to begin promoting our country and selling its many positive attributes. This means we need a serious shift in mindset. We must turn our backs on negativity and embrace a new spirit of innovation, creativity and patriotism. We also need to stop exaggerating some of the occurrences in our country which are regarded as normal in other countries. For example, worker strikes are a common feature in democracies. Workers have rights and know their rights. They will exercise these rights from time to time. Strikes hardly make headlines in other countries as they are normal occurrences. In South Africa these tend to be seen to indicate that the country is somehow falling apart!

We have a progressive labour relations framework which must be utilised to quickly resolve industrial disputes. We must move away from exaggerations and focus on solutions.

Compatriots,

It is possible to build a South Africa as outlined in the National Development Plan, where all have water, electricity, sanitation, quality education, health care and housing, and where the majority have jobs and a good life. But that will require a lot of work from all of us. It will require the collective use of the talent and leadership that exists in our country in business, government, labour and the community sectors in a partnership for development and progress.

South Africa provides huge opportunities in the six job drivers, especially the infrastructure programme, which is estimated at four trillion rand over the next 15 years.

South Africa is stable, friendly, resilient and able to solve its problems. That is the type of country and society that we are presenting to the world.

We are presenting a South Africa that is open for business and which is open to provide entry into the African continent, a fast growing region which is proving many Afro-pessimists wrong.

I wish you well with all your sessions.

Let us make South Africa shine in Davos, together!

I thank you.

Issued by The Presidency, January 23 2013

 

Opposition’s power has decreased: Tony Leon

tony leon

Former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon.

Johannesburg – Opposition strength in South Africa has decreased compared to 1994, former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon said on Wednesday.

“Although the overall opposition strength today is slightly less than it was back then (when two provinces were outside ANC control), the opposition terrain today itself incontestably belongs to the DA and the wind seems set fair for a resounding electoral performance next year.”

In a speech prepared for delivery in Johannesburg, Leon said the last election revealed that the DA had unchallenged support among minority voters.

“The last census showed that this is a reducing bloc of supporters. The key dilemma (and it is not new, incidentally, only more urgent) is how to grow the party in a new market where the majority lives and votes, while retaining faith with core values and old voters.”

He said in order to attract more votes from black South Africans the DA had to close the distance between itself and the majority.

“Something which has far more to do with tone, familiarity, identity and other intangibles and less to do with objective policy propositions.

“But there will be a temptation to soft-pedal certain propositions in order not to scare off new potential voters.”

He said the DA could not be just a patronage machine providing a “catch all” Ä scooping up every shade of disaffected government supporter, from alienated Marxists to losers in the government procurement stakes.

“Obviously politics is crucially about numbers. But as the party grows and as some outsize personalities, some carrying a great deal of baggage around with them indeed, are attracted to its ranks, just be sure that the welcome mat is also marked with some clear red lines which new and old recruits only cross at their peril.”

Leon was the leader of the DA from 1999-2007. Although still a member of the DA, he served as the South African ambassador to Argentina under the ANC government from 2009 to 2012. – Sapa

 

We are proud of our Charlize – Zuma

iol news pic zuma and charlize

President Jacob Zuma, Ms Bongi Zuma and South African Hollywood actress Charlize Theron on the sidelines of the WEF meeting in Davos. Theron was in WEF with Global Fund an organisation she works with to raise funding for HIV/IDS, TB and Malaria. Last night Theron received the WEF Crystal award which honours artists for their humanitarian work.

Davos- President Jacob Zuma congratulated South African-born actress Charlize Theron on Wednesday for scooping the World Economic Forum’s crystal award for her humanitarian work.

“We are proud of our Charlize,” Zuma said in a statement.

“She has succeeded in an extremely competitive environment, and is a visible and hardworking ambassador for her country.”

The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project finances programs designed to prevent the spread of HIV among young Africans, particularly in South Africa.

The programs include mobile health services in an impoverished region of South Africa.

Zuma said he met Theron on the sidelines of the conference in Switzerland on Wednesday, and she briefed him on her work.

“I assured her that South Africans love her and wish her all the best,” he said.

“We wish her success in every venture she undertakes.”

The award was presented to her on Tuesday night.

Last year, the award went to South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, who was recognised for “using her art to improve the state of the world”. – Sapa