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n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - South Africa's Sarafina 2 responsibility to parliament revisited

Volume 3, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534

Abstract

The Sarafina 2 issue involved the mismanagement of over R14 million of public money in the Department of Health and the supervisory and oversight responsibility of the then-Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Sarafina 2 is examined in an attempt to clarify the convention of individual ministerial responsibility to Parliament in the South African parliamentary democracy. It explores the theory and practice of the convention as it evolved in Britain and as it has been adapted in the 1996 South African Constitution. The paper contends, in light of the revelations of the Public Protector's report on the matter that the Minister of Health should have resigned in terms of the Constitution. It highlights certain serious departmental failures as well as incidences of private indiscretions of members of government post-1994 which have gone unaccompanied by ministerial resignations. It asks the question as to whether the political handling of Sarafina 2 laid a foundation for ministerial non-resignation - despite evidence of significant mismanagement and irregularities - in a fledgling democracy.

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