Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has ordered that the President take remedial action against Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen within 30 days.
Mkhwebane found that Van Rooyen misled Parliament when asked about his relationship with the Guptas.
The Democratic Alliance laid a complaint in 2016 after media reports surfaced that Van Rooyen paid several visits to the Gupta family residence in Saxonwold, in the run-up to his brief appointment as finance minister in 2015.
Van Rooyen has denied this.
DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham says they are looking for much stronger action against the minister.
Right now the report obliges the President to submit a report of what he intends to do within 14 days of receiving this report and within 30 days, the minister must take action against Minister van Rooyen.— Kevin Mileham, DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
What we have seen in the past, particularly with the Nkandla debacle, was where the President was instructed to take action against a defaulting minister, he basically wrote a letter that said 'I hereby reprimand the minister'. We are looking for much stronger action, we are looking for these ministers to be held accountable.— Kevin Mileham, DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC) Lawson Naidoo, says the President should remove Van Rooyen from Cabinet.
One assumes that Mr van Rooyen will be removed as a member of Cabinet and secondly the ANC will have to take steps to decided whether it wants within it's elected representatives in Parliament somebody who is guilty of such conduct.— Lawson Naidoo, Executive Director, Council for the advancement of the constitution
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This article first appeared on 702 : Van Rooyen must be booted from Cabinet and Parliament- Lawson Naidoo