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Whistleblower lost job - Madonsela

2012-08-02 13:35

Klerksdorp - A municipal employee lost his job after raising the alarm on poorly constructed RDP houses in the area, public protector Thuli Madonsela told a packed town hall in Klerksdorp on Thursday.

"The complainant, who worked for the municipality, alleges that he was told by the contractor that a political solution would be sought," said Madonsela.

Madonsela is in Klerksdorp as part of a systematic investigation of complaints regarding RDP houses nationwide.

Her office had received at least 2 305 complaints regarding RDP houses from residents in the North West, she said.

She said the employee said he called in the SA Home Builders Council and the SA Bureau of Standards to assess the houses.

The two organisations advised that the house foundations be destroyed and re-built as they were of a very poor standard.

The employee ended up losing his job, said Madonsela.

"This is one of the cases we are investigating in this province. Mayor Michael Khauoe tells me the municipality has its [own] side of the story."

Madonsela said she would do an on-site inspection later in the day.

Comments
  • Greg - 2012-08-02 13:40

    That's what happens when you stand up to the ANC, you get fired!! Commit fraud and corruption, you get promoted!!

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-02 13:44

      or murdered !

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-02 13:45

      Ironical when you are punished for honesty.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-08-02 13:55

      i wouldnt expect any different out come by this bunch of thieving criminals running the country,i hope he gets a big package out of this and another point this lady and her department must watch themselves with all the things hey are exposing, hope the voting public reads the news and see's what a massive fail this gov is, lets vote them out or at least vote a bigger oppisition in.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-08-02 13:56

      It's the African way...and it will never change, It’s inbred to be this way, History has proved these facts time and time again and history does not lie…!.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 14:31

      if this wasnt so true it would be funny.

      zambezi.river - 2012-08-02 14:44

      The Chinese r going to rule the world!

      Revelgen - 2012-08-02 14:46

      It appears that FIFTY BILLION RANDS have had to be spent on simply rectifying shoddy building workmanship. That's what happens when incompetent crooked cadres get the work. This would have covered Scamral's losses twice over. How long are we to put up with this absolutely useless ANC government???

      claudia.meads - 2012-08-02 15:12

      Note: Fikile Mbalula (Mobster Malema's rear gunner it seems) has no known qualifications. As with the Trust Fund Toddler, he is little more than a pseudo literate tax parasite - how did South Africa ever get to this point..?

      chris.steytler.1 - 2012-08-02 16:10

      Yo, Claudia, chill. You clearly have a lot of evidence pertaining to the corruption that plagues the public protector. You should perhaps consider sending a docket with all this evidence to the media. Or maybe you're talking out of your rear.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-08-02 18:58

      I'm sure the municipality has a different story, how else could they protect the corrupt comrades.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-02 13:53

    I trust that she is going to get this honourable man his job back

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 13:57

    Grab 'em by the scruff Thuli! If anyone can its you!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-08-02 13:57

    Tell this to Zuma and he will tell you that Verwoerd is responsible for the poor quality of the RDP houses. This government must go!!!!

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-02 14:34

      patson.nedzamba - what is the alternative- another ANC Goverment so that the next round of thieves can fill their pockets?

      patson.nedzamba - 2012-08-02 15:26

      Johan, the problem with our people is that they lack information. Very few voters have access to services like this (advanced media). It doesn't make sense that some people will abstain from voting because ANC is not delivering. They cannot exercise their voting right because they lack information.

  • terence.hess - 2012-08-02 13:58

    if a worker tells the truth today he is fired in the old days if a worker exposed the bosses he was a hero.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-02 15:06

      Well that's what the CCMA and the labour court is there for. Take the buggers to the cleaners

  • mzee.bikwa - 2012-08-02 14:00

    African National Corruption - ANC!!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-02 14:03

    The ANC collectable timepiece, with a silver plated hour hand, a silver plated minute hand, and gold plated backhand.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-02 14:05

    South African bureaucracy. Tearing down the walls of honesty and integrity ! Liars, thieves, despots, murderers, gangsters and money launderers are feted like royalty ! We, the public, need to mobilise. We need to get rid of the scumbags ! We need to vote with our heads! We can bring back prosperity and hope for ALL ! Amandhla !

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 14:30

      Tony, I think that the divisive ANC is actually bringing the people of SA together, the more they steal & lie & intimidate & waste, the more black, white, coloured & Indians are getting sick & tierd of them & pull together against this cancer. The ANC, their YL & Cosatu are destroying this amazing country, its time we all stood up, united & fight against these greedy cowards.

      tony.naidoo - 2012-08-02 14:44

      That's Gospel, mate! Ur absolutely right!

  • lucky.mabele - 2012-08-02 14:09

    i stay in NW indeed there is corruption they call each other Matona they must go to jail

      tsietsi.matubako - 2012-08-02 14:43

      I have heard that before, now I understand. Comrades is replaced by Matona or letona. And they say it with a skelm look.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-02 14:22

    Greg i agree with you 101%. But no worries Thuli will nail them down, its about time.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 14:24

    that probably why the Limpopo schools said nothing about not receiving books, they were scared of their Leaders, the ANC Govt.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-08-02 14:24

    This government is useless...................Corruption, Fraud has always been there and nothing has been done abt it. Zuma must go!!!!!!!!!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-02 14:28

      ANC must go!

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-08-02 14:36

      Muzi- to be replaced by the next ANC goverment and the next group of corrupt ANC thieves?

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-08-02 14:30

    WHY did he get fired???? that is why there is so much crap happening because people dont wanna talk

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-08-02 14:32

    Its sad to think of how many other instances like this exist which we don't know about

  • dieketseng.kali - 2012-08-02 14:44

    This is sad, i'm beginning to hate this country.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-02 15:28

      you can help fix this, just dont vote ANC.

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-02 19:34

      Don't hate our beautiful countyr.Just STOP voting this F@@@ck up party.

  • charles.wolfaardt1 - 2012-08-02 14:46

    The cadres of the ANC is pushing this country down a bottomless hole. Speak the truth , you are fired. Lie steal etc you get promoted. But who is to blame , not the ANC or ANCYL or ANCWL , only the Goverment pre 1994

      LEBASTINO - 2012-08-08 15:38

      You are mad chief.Who steal the money now?ANC is not for the people with the people by the people.It is for friends and family.Maybe you also get something.Apartheid is gone for the Past 18 yrs.You still practice it by only giving mostly black people Tenders.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-02 14:55

    Time for an 'African Spring' ! Time to get rid of the rubbish. ALL Safricans deserve a better deal. You would not let a thief run your household! Why let a bunch of selfish, low-life thieves run our country? Our future, our children's future and this coumtry's future is in OUR hands. Let's vote with our heads!

  • morama.sebata - 2012-08-02 19:33

    ANC...Billions missing in Defence force...ANC...Billions missing In Human settlement...ANC....Billions of tax payers stolen....ANC...billions missing department of women,children and people with disabilities.This ANC that is a F@@@CK up!!!!

  • Hugh - 2012-08-02 19:35

    Funny how whistle blowers do not get the legal and moral support of support the media. The only time this seems to happen is when the demographic is suitable.

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-08-02 22:18

    Claudia_Meads -and what about daddy dearest, hope you taught how to shoot a gaun you may need to

  • siyabonga.dacosta - 2012-08-03 06:09

    They shoul be call ''RIP'' houses..lol

  • thandazab - 2012-08-03 09:22

    Maybe this will come off as racist bt if it does then m racist towards my own ppl. Sorry. We also have toilet like RDPs next to where I live built by ppl who were only concerned about the profit they would make n not building suitable houses for ppl. Trees and grass are literary growing from the walls. But in 2010 a tender to build a rank and make pavements on the main road was advertised n I have never seen such a beautiful rank in my life! The entrance to the rank is like some shopping complex with decorations iv never seen its beautiful. The pavements are high quality face bricks with fancy street lights. Recently a beautiful park was built and finished in record time! Where am I going with this u may ask! The whole community agrees that this is so because finally the tender was awarded to someone who is qualified n experienced and knew what he was doing, what most ppl agree on is that its because it was a white owned company! And not some politician In the municipality who doesn't know jack about construction. Bt I must also say that the tender was awarded by the ANC run municipality which goes to show not all of them are rotten apples well at least the current management and they are trying to right the wrongs of the past. So ppl don't hate SA just yet. There ppl out there who are truly committed to serving the ppl even from the ANC. N big ups to the company for giving us something beautiful.

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