Eusebius McKaiser Dissects His Interview with the Minister of Public Works on the Nkandla Report
Eusebius McKaiser interviewed Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, about issues relating to the findings of the task team that investigated whether or not public funds had been spent on Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s private residence, on Talk Radio 702.
Nxesi said that the task team had not interviewed Zuma about the the supply chain worries and that the president had not been briefed about any concerns relating to this.
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McKaiser then wrote about the interview in a column for News24, saying that claiming ignorance on behalf of the president is not an acceptable defence:
Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi, said some pretty incredible things on Talk Radio 702 last night. When I asked him whether the Task Team that had probed supply chain worries related to security and other upgrades at Nkandla had interviewed President Zuma, he was baffled. He told me that there is no reason why the Task Team should have interviewed Zuma and, so, they did not. He also confirmed to me that no other Public Works officials had briefed the President about spending related to Nkandla. The details of procurement, Nxesi insisted, did not concern Zuma. Let’s unpack this tissue of ridiculous assertions.
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