n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die "apartheid" Ouditeur-generaal en Minister Maduna : 'n kommentaar oor ministeriële verantwoordelikheid

Volume 45, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The purpose of this article is a reflective inquiry into and comment on certain allegations made by Minister Penuell Maduna in June and August of 1997, while he was Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, against the Auditor General at the time, Mr. Henri Kluever. In the article the question is addressed whether Minister Maduna was justified in his refusal to bow to calls from opposition parties in Parliament to resign. The article consists of four sections. Firstly, the particulars of the Maduna affair as reported by the Public Protector are briefly stated. Secondly, the theory, conventions and practice of individual ministerial responsibility to parliament are examined. Thirdly, a comment on the question of Minister Maduna's refusal to resign is offered. In the last instance, some suggestions to strengthen ministerial responsibility to Parliament in South Africa are made.

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