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Johannesburg - There is still no clarity as to how the new administration will proceed with the call for a judicial review of Thuli Madonsela’s Nkandla report following the shake-up of the entire security cluster.
The “completely dismantled” security cluster is now sitting with a dilemma as the new ministers decide how to proceed on the decision to challenge Madonsela’s findings.
On May 15, the former security cluster ministers - comprising Jeff Radebe (Justice), Siyabonga Cwele (State Security), Nathi Mthethwa (Police), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (Defence) and Naledi Pandor (Home Affairs) – resolved to take Madonsela’s report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence on judicial review by the high court.
Mthethwa, Cwele, Pandor and Radebe, the former cluster chairman, were all redeployed to new portfolios in a major shake-up of the security cluster at the weekend. The four ministers were replaced by Michael Masutha, David Mahlobo, Nkosinathi Nhleko and Malusi Gigaba respectively.
Only Mapisa-Nqakula remained in her post as defence minister.
Cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams said the cluster has been “completely dismantled” and it would be up to the new ministers to decide on the Nkandla report once they had been sworn in.
“It would still need to be guided by the new ministers who were appointed. They still have to meet and deliberate on the matter,” she said.
The newly appointed ministers are expected to meet their respective directors-general for a debriefing on a number of government matters, which could include the court challenge.
Radebe’s spokesman, Mthunzi Mhaga, said the minister would be unable to comment on the matter now that he has taken up a new portfolio, before referring all enquiries to Williams.
Soon after Speaker Baleka Mbete was elected, the DA wasted no time in calling for her to re-establish the Nkandla ad hoc committee.
DA federal chairman James Selfe said Mbete should honour the intentions of her predecessor, Max Sisulu, as well as the agreement by the committee that the fifth Parliament should reconvene the committee to continue its work.