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Minister 'lied about 5-star splurge'

2011-11-13 14:37

Johannesburg - Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the ­agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, has been accused of “lying” about not knowing the “obscene” costs of a Sandton guest house she stayed in.

A former employee of the 28A on Oxford Guest House, who ­personally assisted the minister during her stay, accused Joemat-Pettersson of being selective with the truth after she denied last week knowing that the rates at the guest house were exorbitant.

According to the source, ­Joemat-Pettersson sent some of her staff members to “have a look at the place” before she moved ­into the guest house from June to July last year, during the Soccer World Cup.

“They had all the prices. When she (Joemat-Pettersson) arrived here, she still said it’s because of people like us (with high prices) that foreigners do not want to come to South Africa.

“She booked a R5 000-a-night executive suite for herself, another for a friend, and then booked her children into a junior room and their nanny into a standard room.

Paid for friend

“However, she paid for the friend’s accommodation out of her own pocket.”

According to the source, on many nights Joemat-Pettersson didn’t even sleep in her ­exorbitantly-expensive room.

The department eventually had to pay R420 000 in total for her accommodation in this guest house.

Last week the minister said she had not “wildly imagined” her stay would cost taxpayers so much. She denied knowing how much the cost of the accommodation was and called the R420 000 “an obscene amount”.

City Press’s source said that Joemat-Pettersson stayed at the guest house for about six weeks.

“Usually executive suites are R3 000 per night, but during the tournament the agency charged R5 000. She (the minister) stayed on a long time after the soccer.

Didn't sleep in her room sometimes

“On many nights, she didn’t even sleep in her room. I know this because she insisted on us having to take breakfast to her room in the mornings, but often she wasn’t even there.

“She was also injured during that period, and a physiotherapist treated her at the guesthouse.”

Selby Bokaba, Joemat-Pettersson’s spokesperson, told City Press on Friday that he would not comment on the ­allegations made by the source.

“The Public Protector is investigating the matter. We are giving our full co-operation and will only respond to this legal process.”
The inquiry follows a complaint by the DA about Joemat-Pettersson’s R1.6 million bill for luxury hotels and guest houses since her appointment in 2009. 

Comments
  • mikeangell61 - 2011-11-13 14:48

    EISH!!!! I dont know???? Brainless idiot.

      cjsmit.christo - 2011-11-13 15:49

      Ok, just shows you what we are dealing with here. Someone who will do anything to keep her job and keep on with corrupting the people. Not only is she a criminal but now shw showed us her true character by lying and showing us she has no character at all and will do anything just to get her way. Urgent steps need sto be taken against this criminal asap. She is desperate and will do anything.

      Dirk - 2011-11-13 16:22

      So, we all knew that she lied. She is a thief who steals from the poor while, as an admirer and member of the murderous communist party,claims to be a champion of the poor. Very common in SA. Their time is coming.

      John - 2011-11-13 16:48

      ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide.

      Sedick - 2011-11-13 17:33

      Come on...she thought is was R5000 for six weeks for her entourage not per night/room.....it is not her fault that maths is not her strength. Someone in her department is to blame as usual.....cow....

      James - 2011-11-13 18:17

      Nice to know our ministers can't count

      Malcolm - 2011-11-13 18:58

      And this is a person appointed to responsibly administer a particular portfolio of the government, yet she is probably nothing but a filthy liar now just as she was before her appointment.

      Herman - 2011-11-13 19:15

      Thanks, I'll ad that to the wasteful expenditure of R33 BILLION...

      Sean - 2011-11-13 21:51

      Just another criminal in the government !

      JMan - 2011-11-14 08:57

      Ja nee...will it ever end????

  • Brainbow - 2011-11-13 14:48

    How can she be the agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister if she is so disconnected from her environment?

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-13 15:53

      Must admit when she first took over from Lulu Xingwana we were pleased, she seemed quite on the ball. Then again, to measure someone against someone as obscene as Lulu did not give us much of a yardstick. I don't know whats worse - that she lied, or that she did not know, both indicate an individual who is very far from "on the ball". Cry the beloved farmer!

      Brian - 2011-11-13 16:30

      And disconnected from agriculture! I am a farmer and so far have had no indication at all that she is in any way actually interested in her agricultural portfolio. Too busy staying in fancy hotels I guess.

      3pherb - 2011-11-13 17:19

      Knows nothing about farming!

      Barrie - 2011-11-14 06:50

      If memory serves she used to be the Northern Cape Minister of Education preaching about the importance of mathematics in schools...

  • michael.laski - 2011-11-13 14:52

    Did not know my ass!

      Shoosh - 2011-11-13 19:04

      time for suspension on full pay & then redeployment to a higher position.

  • Ian - 2011-11-13 14:56

    nothing new here, living it up at tax payers expense, the mentality here is if fat boy can do it why cant the rest, brainless retards

  • Grant - 2011-11-13 14:56

    Nothing from 'eradicate whiteprivilege' on this article. You missing an opportunity to copy and paste here boet!!

      africanwolf - 2011-11-13 15:28

      He is kinda sleeping now or consulting with Steve Biko and Hendrik Vervoerd :)

      Mike - 2011-11-13 15:44

      The more he is fed the more he posts and there are a lot of troll feeders here so he's been doing well.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-13 16:01

      To be fair - EWP is at least consistent, he's against white privilege but very pro black elite privilege. Wonder who he votes for?

      Silvana - 2011-11-13 21:46

      @Grant. 'eradicate white_privilege' will tell you the whites stole her maths book.

  • tony_soprano - 2011-11-13 15:00

    Theft,fraud,deceit:South African MP's do it all.A culture of impunity has made the South African parliament one of the most scandal-ridden in the world whereby MP's are arrested for drunken driving,shoplifting,fraud,corruption offences etc. These incidents pale beside the sprawling,routine corruption and negligence in South African governance exposed by Willie Hofmeyr,head of an anti-corruption agency called the Special Investigating Unit.He recently told Parliament that around 20% of all government procurements,or about $3.8 billion,go missing each year-most of it stolen and the rest untraceable because of negligence. Hofmeyr is currently investigating more than 900 cases of questionable contracts and conflicts of interest,valued at more than $635 million(US).The worst theft,he said,takes place at the local level,where there wasn't that much oversight.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-13 15:01

    these guys absolutely disgust me..... they are like juvenile kids in a toy shop. what a basic bunch of morons. i am so pleased to be getting out of this dump.

      Shoe - 2011-11-13 19:27

      I hope you are not the stupid fool working for a government office in the Eastern Cape. Cause if that is who you are, then good riddance to good rubbish. You will most certainly not be missed.

  • Matt - 2011-11-13 15:05

    She and many of her colleagues(politicians) are taking food out of the mouths of starving children....The government should show proof of commitment to the countries poor and kick the thing out the door.

      Heinrich - 2011-11-13 19:14

      By "the thing" I guess you mean the ANC, Matt. These people are all the same. They care only for themselves. To them the poor is just a source of votes.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-13 15:08

    These officials are obscene. Their wastefullness is obscene and their belief that they are entitled to this kind of luxury is obscene. They should be ashamed of themselves!!!

      Dave - 2011-11-13 15:48

      Art, These people have no shame. Everyone of them has a Masters Degree in Troughism. It's an acquired taste, from RDP house to 5 star hotel in one easy appointment.

  • frank.hartry - 2011-11-13 15:10

    Why do politicians have to initially lie when caught out? Two weeks ago it was the Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and now this minister. She should be instructed by Zuma to pay back the money if the Public Protector rules against her. We taxpayers are tired of this looting of the state coffers by these politicians of All political parties.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-13 15:57

      Bill Clinton also lied about his cigar incident - at least he was not stealing from anybody though ... difficult to comment with that picture of shazi39 on my right, very pleasantly distracting ... pant.

  • africanwolf - 2011-11-13 15:25

    Easy come easy go after all we the tax payers have to face the bill

  • Winsome - 2011-11-13 15:33

    Oh yes! The plot sickens!

  • Sky - 2011-11-13 15:41

    Don't be so hard on her. It's hard to be closet lesbian AND a minister AND trying to hide it... Where do you suppose she went to sleep....

      Matt - 2011-11-13 15:49

      I actually think that ur comment could have some real meaning Sky....at least the whole messed up hotel stay would make a little bit of sense as she needed to deeply spoil her female companion and why not just use the state coffers for this.

  • grant.weideman - 2011-11-13 15:50

    But Tina Joemat was never the sharpest pencil in box. Seen her many times on the flight from JHB to CPT and from the way she rants and carries herself, I felt like throwing her out of business class myself sometimes.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-11-13 16:05

    Lol. @ Sky. That's the best comment I have read all day.

  • J.D. - 2011-11-13 16:07

    Fair she knows nothing,also not know the job she is supposed to be doing. No surprise. All in the ANC mould.

  • theneef - 2011-11-13 16:09

    its in the "Ministers HANDBOOK" justified!

  • Wouter - 2011-11-13 16:12

    Sy LIEG!!!

  • Peter - 2011-11-13 16:13

    Why didnt she just shack up with up with a friend and pocket the money, who would ask in the anc, no guess on the answer to that question?????

  • Kevin - 2011-11-13 16:25

    If she didn't know it was happening or didn't know how to control expenses, then she is incapable of doing her job. If she is incapable of that, then why is she still holding that position?? Seems to me there's a LOT of ignorance amongst our top pollies - is it going to become pre-requisite for the job?

  • Errol - 2011-11-13 16:28

    They ALL LIE!!!!!It's their job to plunder state funds......

  • Sean - 2011-11-13 16:49

    I think if there was ever a day of reckoning for all parliamentarians and the good and honest were the only ones left we would need but one family sized saloon to transport them.

  • Matt - 2011-11-13 16:51

    Guys dont be so tough on her. The thing clearly just following the path of greed and lust set out by her peers.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-13 17:03

    If you are in a top job you carry the can, finished and klaar. What else in your job do you not know about that is costing the poor raped tax payer. For instance how many other people in your department were put up in expensive accommodation. Resign . It is the correct thing to do. Also sign over your pension to reimburse the poor taxpayer.

  • 3pherb - 2011-11-13 17:17

    Ja, Julle moet maar skep terwyl dit pap reen!

  • braamc - 2011-11-13 17:18

    The best and the most expensive seems not being good enough anymore, off course tax payers money and less and less for the poor, the very people that voted the filth in to waste our money. What is wrong with the bitches ML's heated seats for a night or two?

  • mikealetta - 2011-11-13 17:52

    This is exactly why I am living outside the Country of my Birth, earning dollars and sending nothing to the taxman,I am tired of funding these people, more skilled people will leave SA in the months to come leaving the gravy train without gravy, good luck Comrades, you have stolen the gift horse blind!

      Van - 2011-11-14 00:05

      More should leave.

  • pws69 - 2011-11-13 17:59

    Yup, this is one of those communists who read animal farm and decided they would be one of the pigs, rather than a sheep. Yet the sheep still vote for the pigs. Then people wonder why I have no sympathy? How can you have sympathy for self inflicted stupidity?

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-13 18:00

    I have an idea, we should form some kind of group that actively petitions on behalf of the general public. One that can petition government to act against these people. Something like afriforum

      Van - 2011-11-14 00:14

      Just support afriform

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-13 18:03

    I for one will personally petition this government to act against them. All of these re-deployed ministers. I am just waiting for the ANC to lose an election against another party and no longer have the majority. Even If it is retrospective, there will be legal recourse. I will motivate that their estates be ceased and sold off and their immediate imprisonment.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-13 18:07

    I mean seized

  • Evan - 2011-11-13 18:19

    Of course she knew, one one hand we have a minister who could be either illiterate and ignorant and on the other we might have one that is a fraudster and dishonest. Very difficult to believe that she stayed in a 5 star establishment and did not know the cost. Tax, we pay, being used for self indulgence as opposed to what it should be used for. Perhaps worse still is the fact that she will not be disciplined or lose her job, but let you or I do it with company funds and we'll be out very quickly.

  • Don - 2011-11-13 18:36

    Lock this lady up in the Johannesburg Zoo.

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-13 19:02

    i say again hang the wastefull bitch

  • Heks - 2011-11-13 19:09

    That's it. Spend the taxpayers' money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-13 19:48

    I think we should change the words of the song : "...it wasn't roaring, it was weeping..." to "...it wasn't working, it was stealing..."

  • Silvana - 2011-11-13 21:41

    The Queen of Obscene! Boy they might not be good at maths, but they sure know how to live it up. BTW why do they always have a spokesperson to answer the sticky questions, after all lying comes so naturally to them.

  • Garhul - 2011-11-13 21:43

    Of course she knew it cost R5000 a night. Obviously an ANC cabinet minister can't do the maths that after many nights it will add up to R420,000.

  • Sharkshoot - 2011-11-13 22:20

    It's quite unusual for an ANC MP to lie....or steal.

  • Anthony - 2011-11-14 03:45

    Hahaha,really? Why exactly is this moron part of any government. Doesnt even know the value of your own money. Absolute wanker for a minister!

  • KJ - 2011-11-14 07:14

    What an absolutely ridiculous statement. These people do not the cost of a room.? Surely she must have if she paid for the other room out of her pocket, or did she just give them a blank cheque? How kids could be fed for this money, how many RDP house could have been built? I just hope that people that vote take note note. viva gravy train, viva!

  • Niekie - 2011-11-14 07:17

    Liegbek bokkom-eter!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-14 07:42

    1+1= no nie no nie don't question me. Lol. What's next. Thank god it's not humans she is looking after.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-14 07:43

    Burn

  • Cindy - 2011-11-14 08:52

    Please send her to the Eastern Cape, our coffers have already been emptied by greedy officials and politicians so she'll have to be honest here......

  • Warwick - 2011-11-14 09:25

    No more than a common lying thief. How ignorant are these so called leaders? Yet the majority are quite satisfied to be fed a diet of promises and lies every couple of years while the politicians and their children get fatter and fatter and live a life of absolute luxury.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-14 11:03

    It's sickening...corruption knows no boundries with this lot!!!!Everytime i witness one driving a luxury vehicle ...i wonder which department does a friend or family member have it's snout in the trough.Malema said their aim was to achieve economic freedom,well if you are now employed by the state ,you are now entitled to steal as much as you possibly can!!!Must be written into their job descriptions...

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-14 11:47

    The ANC has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that it is little more than the corrupt revolutionary party it was 40 years ago, and is not fit to rule or govern. The DA has unfortunately also been shown to be unable to maintain control over its representatives and is also for all intents and purposes not fit to take over the reigns of the leadership of this country. The problem then is that there are no trustworthy or capable political movements in the country fit to run it. Is it not time for the man on the street to take back this country of ours and place its care in the hands of people who place the duty to the citizen above personal enrichment. The powers that rule have forgotten that they only hold power for those who elected them, and that they do not hold any power to rule without the people.

  • Marion - 2011-11-14 13:20

    Seems strange she lived in the guest house during the soccer world cup... maybe she had a house she rented out to foreigners during that period?

  • Gail - 2011-11-14 13:30

    I have to say that this rings true to me. Let's face it many people (whites) saw 2010 as a way to make a killing during the SWC. I honestly do not see why the price of a room should go from R3,000 per night to R5,000 a night just because of the sports event. By the same token I don't believe that Joematt-Piettersson was ignorant of the costs as Sandton is an expensive upmarket area. So big deal she paid for her friend for how long? Why should we the taxpayers carry the cost through the Dept who paid for it for her to stay in such an expensive guesthouse when she receives a Ministers salary which we pay as well. Minister's should be forced to pay their own accomodation and entertainment costs from their taxpaid salaries. If they take their extended families and nannies and hangers on with them it should be at their cost. That is how it works or should work in any other public company. A director doesn't charge his expenses to the company for his family holiday costs. He pays for it out of his salary. In instances where the spouse is expected to accompany the minister then possibly there should be an allowance based on what the Minister's accomodation will cost him. J-P is being disingenuous expecting us to believe she did not know how much this was costing us. She just didn't care because the taxpayer was paying. And that includes ordinary miners, teachers, nurses and policemen of all colours. Sickening!!!!