Zuma “has no power”

President Jacob Zuma. File photo. Source: GCIS

President Jacob Zuma has failed to provide leadership and vision for the country in dealing with vital issues of the day, Democratic Alliance said in a statement, referring to how Zuma ‘dodged’ questions concerning the Mdluli saga. The president refused to answer any questions about the ongoing saga, adding that the matter should be handled by the department implicated. But the DA believes that he should provide foresight since it is an important matter. “South Africa, today, has a President in office, but not in power. In response to [questions] on the reinstatement of Richard Mdluli, the president denied all responsibility for his reinstatement, passing the buck to the ‘departmental officials’ and the minister of police,” the DA’s parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said.

Zuma did not want to give his view on whether the former head of crime intelligence is fit and proper to hold a senior position after he was implicated in different allegations in the South African Police Service (SAPS). Mazibuko believes that “the president is the head of the executive. It is unacceptable for him to dodge responsibility on key issues of state. [The manner in which] he pointed fingers elsewhere is indicative of a president unwilling and unable to take responsibility for the conduct of his cabinet, ministers and their senior officials,” Mazibuko said.

Zuma has, however, indicated that police minister Nathi Mthethwa had appointed a task team to investigate the matters surrounding Mdluli’s career in the SAPS. The Inspector General of Intelligence is also probing the matter. Zuma maintained that there were government procedures in place to handle performance issues.

Mdluli was suspended in 2011, but later reinstated in March this year.