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Limpopo dept mum on Madonsela report

2012-10-11 09:21

Johannesburg - The Limpopo transport department declined to comment on Thursday on a public protector report alleging unlawful awarding of tenders.

"We will be responding to what the public protector is saying. It is only that at this stage we are not ready because we have not gone through the report," the department's spokesperson Joshua Kwapa told SAfm.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that tenders awarded to On-Point Engineering by the Limpopo transport department were unlawful.

She found On-Point and former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema benefited improperly from this. Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa is chief executive of On-Point.

Kwapa said the department only received the protector's report at 18:00 on Wednesday afternoon, the same day Madonsela addressed the media on the matter.

"We have to first study the report... when we say we are studying the report, it is seen as a delaying tactic. You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed," said Kwapa.

Madonsela received three complaints in July 2011 and decided to investigate allegations that the department of roads and transport awarded the On-Point tender corruptly.

Also under scrutiny were claims that Malema used his political position to influence the awarding of tenders by the department and the Limpopo government in general.

She also investigated whether Malema's Ratanang Family Trust and/or Malema benefited improperly from the tender awarded to On-Point.

Madonsela said she found the awarding of the tender was unlawful after perusing documents relating to its procurement, interviewing officials, and consulting the National Treasury. Relevant laws and records were also analysed.

The total amount paid by the department to On-Point in terms of the contract at the end of June 2012 was R43 868 900.

Comments
  • JuliusYouPrick - 2012-10-11 09:34

    Declining to comment means everything.

      lentswe.mosweunyane - 2012-10-11 09:36

      They are not declining to comment, they want to look at the report first.

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-11 09:37

      It highlights their gross incompetence and maladministration.

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-11 09:48

      Corruption and corruption at every corner! It looks like the two camps going to Mangaung are equally corrupt. This liberation movement must just disband. South Africa need to be saved from these hooligans!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-11 10:08

      "You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed," said Kwapa." Do they really, really think that anybody with half a brain cell thinks that they are a responsible department. This has to be the funniest statement all week. How can we realistically expect them to "study" anything when most of the department has never studied anything ever.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-11 10:15

      Limpopo response : EISH ... CAPTURED!

      heini.botes - 2012-10-11 10:31

      I can see JuJu's reply to this already...."Some mysterious dark forces are behind the allegations" hahahaha

      daleinn - 2012-10-11 11:24

      Limpopo was the perfect set up , to throw away tax payers money.. something like a ghost employee, it never existed , but decisions were made and money got thrown away.. they should name it Sun City.. a real holiday province.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 09:35

    Why do they have to respond? Just go and arrest the fat THIEF!!!!!

      sean.carbutt - 2012-10-11 09:56

      Exactly. Lets see here, The cANCer are in charge The Limpopo transport dept are part of the limpopo province The limpopo province reports to the govt ERGO, they are under govt scurtiny and are accountable to the govt simple, just arrive and arrest them

      elgh.elgh - 2012-10-11 10:19

      The man/women that put signature to paper awarding the tender/s should also be brought to book and locked up for corruption. He/she should sit right next to malema in court so that we can see their faces.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 09:39

    That Blind Sjambok is going to get you!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-11 09:40

    of course they are they got caught with their hand in the cookie jar!

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-11 09:46

    Treasury must increase the budget for Thuli Madonzela 's department. The awarding of the Limpopo Transport department tender to On Point was not a mistake. As a pre-requisite background checks and trade references should be done to short listed potential service providers. More people and front companies benefited from the this corrupt deal.

      mkaronga - 2012-10-11 10:05

      This is total fallacy, If Thuli's office is shut off I tell you this beautiful country is going Zimbabwe way,watch out. Blacks most of them want to enrich their pockets first at the expense of country men. If every one dose that ... Think of it what will remain of the Republic of South Africa? It will just sink.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-11 10:24

      Good luck with that suggestion Sefako , if anything president zipper will take more money away from her, how dare she do her job!!!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-11 09:48

    \We have to first study the report... when we say we are studying the report, it is seen as a delaying tactic. You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed,\ said Kwapa.....and your statement will be as follows \the problem is we have a problem\ .... Thuli you must be the only honest ANC Minister around thumbs up to you you certainly have your hands full with all the investigations into corruption of your fellowmen

      shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-10-11 10:44

      She is not an ANC minister - or even a minister. It is a separate public office which is supposed to be (and from what I can see, is) completely independent from political party affiliation.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-11 11:12

      @Shannon sorry yes you are correct

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-11 09:48

    They might be getting instructions from Juju as to when to comment or not.The biggest Malema puppet there is Cassele Mathale,he has failed people of Limpompo through his connection with Malema.

  • wendy.n.schmidt - 2012-10-11 09:49

    How convenient, we are caught so we don't say anything

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-11 09:52

    The Limpoop transport department is probably trying to figure how blame can be laid at the door of Apartheid or the white man.

      vincent.mafooa - 2012-10-11 10:42

      @Sean lol bro you probably right on that one, always blaming the old systems for their corrupt actions. lol I can hear Julius saying "The reason this has come to be, is because of apartheid, eh you see, we fought hard for the liberation of this country and it has been eighteen years since we got our freedom, but comrades we must remember apartheid still has impact on our livelyhoods. Ja mense and the aprtheid card.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-10-11 09:52

    They wont comment yet because it also implicate them! Its just delaying tactics!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-11 09:53

    They are responsible in wasting money, not at all a responsible dept.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-11 09:53

    Malema promised to unleash damning information on others if things should come to this, we waiting in anticipation. Was it just a bluff??

      Synomore - 2012-10-11 10:04

      Lets hope he does as the saying goes it takes a thief to catch a thief. Even zuma said that we missed that chance lets cross our fingers this time.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-11 09:54

    this is what malema calls the economic revolution. steal tax payers money from the government. how many more of these cases are their that we will never know about

  • Synomore - 2012-10-11 09:57

    So its political influence againts polilical inteference. If its true then heads must roll the're both wrong.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-11 09:59

    How can you not be ready, who signs the cheques and does the daily payments surely accredited accountants. If this was my business SARS whould lay charges and have me arrested. LIMPOPO is BROKE with non existant education department and people are starving. Guess what!!!! nothing will happen all will be forgiven.

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-11 10:05

    thuli pls dnt play jz's game!!!!!!

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-11 10:07

    the gupta's, aurora, khoza's rifles check!!!!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-11 10:11

    Well, I am certainly waiting to hear the response. They should ask the idiot with all those medals to write it for them!

  • jack.kukard - 2012-10-11 10:12

    Hahahahaha , what they have consumed , the only thing consumed is KFC...

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 10:13

    And they will still vote ANC...African Moral values

  • rheinhard.silima - 2012-10-11 10:16

    eish my brother evry1 is against u

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-11 10:19

    mmusho wa rena o fetogile kolobe,,, o ja bana ba wona!!!!!

  • thomas.g.loeser - 2012-10-11 10:20

    There are 2 things one must understand in this new SA. Firstly, denial is a culture, and by non attendance to any issue, it it believed that the problem will dissapear on its own. Secondly, it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to discipline or control their own. Maybe it is their new found right / payback time, to steal / loot / misappropriate at their leisure ?

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-11 10:21

    when u'll start with jz's jet

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-11 10:40

      When will you stop voting ANC?

  • alan.gernet - 2012-10-11 10:21

    Anybody hear Radio 702 comment on Tuesday? Apparently the A..Hole in Limpopo responsible for the Text book f..u.. is a guy that was in charge of a Municipality previously. That particular Municipality apparently got the annual WORST ratings in the country by the Auditor General for malpractices etc. This man however also happens to be a good buddy of boss Jacob. So instead of being fired for incompetence, he was PROMOTED to head? of education in Limpopo instead, where he could continue a carreer of incompetence. Viva the ANC Buddy system, Viva!!! And that my friends, is an example of why we have a nation frustrated by poor service delivery. Forget the colour, gender whatever in Government. We need people who are honest and competent.

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-11 10:32

    I can see JuJu's reply to this already...."Some mysterious dark forces are behind the allegations" hahahaha

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-11 10:34

    Eish deny deny deny!They gotta find a perfect excuse which will either be the race card, apartheid card or the government is against them card. It all depends at which one all the brainless Malema supporters will follow.

      matlala.l.mamabolo - 2012-10-17 19:29

      ....you cannot say brainles malema supporters whch u r also zuma's brainless supporter,u ppl are unbelievable u cnt judge a person without proper evidence nd malema is good politicians hu is fighting 4 change

  • azande.futhi - 2012-10-11 10:38

    And the corruption carried on in 2012....to be continued.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-11 11:08

    Silence is more deafening than screaming your head off when it comes to corruption in the cANCer.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-11 11:59

    Hahahahahaaaaaaaaaa they are just trying figure out what the f(&k happened because they have probably awarded so many illegal tenders that they can't keep track of them now!

  • rapitsi - 2012-10-11 12:26

    Ag shame poor spokesperson! Survived a hot frying pan and fell onto the fire. Di loma le barafi!

  • braamc - 2012-10-11 13:02

    Theft and more theft and corruption

  • gonani.sikelo - 2012-10-11 13:32

    The Hawks should arrest every single person in that department and let each one prove themselves innocent before the court of law.

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