Joemat-Pettersson: Madonsela nothing but a mediator

2015-01-25 15:26
Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson (Sapa)

Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson (Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela “is claiming powers she does not have” and her role is really nothing more than a kind of “mediator”.

This was said by Tina Joemat-Pettersson, former minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, in an affidavit submitted as part of a case in which she disputes serious findings made against her by Madonsela, City Press reports.

City Press has learnt that Madonsela will serve court documents this month opposing Joemat-Pettersson’s case.

Now minister of energy, Joemat-Pettersson’s lawsuit is one of three of Madonsela’s high-profile investigations that are expected to be challenged by senior members of government this year.

There are still delays in Parliament over Madonsela’s Nkandla report. At present, she is involved in a lawsuit over the appointment of Hlaudi Motsoeneng as COO of the SABC.

Madonsela found in December 2013 that President Jacob Zuma should consider disciplinary action against Joemat-Pettersson over her conduct in connection with a tender awarded to Sekunjalo Marine Services Consortium.

She found there were irregularities in the awarding of a tender by the department to provide services to the department’s patrol vessel fleet.

Joemat-Pettersson says in her statement that when Madonsela approached her “on this matter, she was prejudiced towards me and she was angry that I refused to respond [to her requests]”.

Madonsela found Joemat-Pettersson gave “hasty notice” to Smit Amandla Marine, which provided the service previously, to hand over all its functions to the navy. This was after it had blown the whistle over irregularities in the awarding of the tender to Sekunjalo.

But Joemat-Pettersson says in her statement that Madonsela “claimed powers that she does not really have, including the power to set deadlines for answers to her letters and that I must submit a plan for implementation of her report.

I was informed that, in terms of legislation, her powers are limited to mediation, conciliation and giving advice to complainants where, in the circumstances, it is required.”

Read more on:    tina joemat-pettersson  |  thuli madonsela

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
110 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.