Publication: Cape Argus Issued: Date: 2003-09-16 Reporter: Sapa

‘No Grounds yet’ for Public Protector to Launch Probe



Cape Argus

Date 2003-09-16



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Public Protector Lawrence Mushwana has rejected a Democratic Alliance request that he investigate whether Deputy President Jacob Zuma has contravened the Executive Ethics Code.

In making the request last week, DA Chief Whip Douglas Gibson said there had been allegations that Zuma’s expenditure far exceeded his income.

“This must have been financed by some means and it is important to determine whether those means were declared,” Gibson said.

Mushwana said many of the allegations appeared not to have been substantiated. Some were being investigated by parliament’s committee on ethics and members' interests.

“It therefore will be possible to determine whether the code has been breached only once it has been established whether Mr Zuma received certain gifts or had an interest in the matters in question,” Mushwana said yesterday.

He would be able to assess whether an investigation was justified only when “tangible and reliable information” was brought to light by the investigations and litigation that were under way.

With acknowledgements to Sapa and the Cape Argus.