DA again calls for Tina’s dismissal

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Zuma to clarify what actions he intends on taking against agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, following the controversial awarding of an R800 million fisheries patrol tender last year.

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Public protector Thuli Madonsela released a report in December identifying maladministration and found the minister‘s conduct in awarding the tender to be improper and unethical. Joemat-Pettersson was also found to have interfered in Madonsela’s investigation, which is an offence.

DA spokesperson for agriculture Pieter van Dalen has laid formal criminal charges against Joemat-Petterson for interfering in the investigation.

“This is the second time Minister Joemat-Pettersson has been implicated of an offence by the Public Protector and cannot be allowed to escape the consequences of her actions,” said Van Dalen.

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“It’s now abundantly clear that Minister Joemat-Pettersson isn’t fit for public office. The only person who can remove her from her position in Cabinet is President Zuma.”