DA defends action on protector report

2011-08-09 14:04

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance laying criminal charges over the Public Protector's reports on the SA Police lease deals helped in the fight against corruption, the party said on Tuesday.

The DA was responding to the Presidency saying it was "hasty" and it could jeopardise the government's fight against corruption by laying the charges.

"The President is wrong. His suggestion that by laying criminal charges in connection with the Public Protector's reports regarding the SAPS leases we are acting frivolously, misrepresents and misunderstands the seriousness of our intention," said DA federal chairperson Wilmot James and justice spokesperson Debbie Schafer in a statement.

"Claims that our actions are 'hasty' and 'could jeopardise the government's' fight against corruption' make no sense at all. If anything, we are assisting with the fight against corruption, and our actions were anything but hasty.

"We have been waiting since February to hear what the President is going to do about this matter. What the President should be telling us, is why, given the importance of the issue, and the fact that he has had most of the facts at his disposal since the first report was issued in February, he was not ready to take action immediately the second report was issued.

"There is therefore no compelling reason why he has not himself referred them to the police."

Publicity-seeking stunt

The DA announced on Sunday that it had laid criminal charges against police chief General Bheki Cele, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde, businessman Roux Shabangu, and Public Works Director-General Siviwe Dongwana.

Responding to this, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said it was a "pity" the DA failed to get its "basic facts right" and "rushed for a publicity-seeking stunt".

He said President Jacob Zuma was systematically processing the Public Protector's report into two leases for new police headquarters.

"In fact, the president made a speech to the media on August 4 that he was submitting a report to the Speaker (of Parliament) on that same day," said Maharaj.

"This shows how seriously and systematically he is processing the public protector's report... that is because corruption is a serious problem in this country," he said.

Last month, Madonsela said the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16bn over 10 years, and that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria R604m over the same period.


The DA said the charges laid against Cele had been brought under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Government Immovable Asset Management Act.

Mahlangu Nkabinde had been accused of contravening the Public Protector Act by failing to co-operate with the Public Protector and continuing to implement the lease agreements.

The DA said it had also laid charges against her and Shabangu under the Intimidation Act for their treatment of Dongwana.

The party had laid charges against him for allegedly contravening PFMA and Treasury regulations by failing to report to the Treasury and the Auditor-General the reasons for deviating from a competitive tender process.

Zuma has reportedly accepted the Protector's findings on the two leases and a recommendation of remedial action.

The Sunday Tribune reported that he did so in a letter to Madonsela, according to her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi.

Madonsela was "happy" with the response, but had urged Zuma to take action.

  • cgtours - 2011-08-09 14:17

    The DA is right - frfom now on if the Government does not rfectify all the FRAUD and people do not start going to jail - the Opposition and the CITIZENS must take taking action and going to the Courts! This has got to stop before the WHOLE Country goes down under the pillaging!!and Gravy Trains.

      Fred - 2011-08-09 14:34

      You are absolutely right. The DA is just doing what the government should have done in the first place. Maybe we should ask why it has been left so long, by the government. Were they, and are they still trying to find a way to protect their rotten, crooked cronies ???? Now that the DA is doing the government's job, isn't it time we just put the DA in charge of the country so we can get rid of all the rotten scum that has accumulated during the ANC rule ???

      Dominic - 2011-08-09 15:02

      The Government is plundering. It's youth league is revolting. It's only the ungoverned who are acting within the law. Viva the counter revolution!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-09 15:23

      - Who can blame the DA, given the Anc's lethargy on corruption ? It's always denials,limp excuses and flimsy terms like "proceesing and reviewing " when it comes to corruptio, instead of decisive, swift action. The Anc's pledge to fight corruption has come to nought and the public no longer believes in their empty promises . Maharaj might also want to consider the root cause of any bad publicity coming their way.

      My2c - 2011-08-09 15:38

      "This shows how seriously and systematically he is processing the public protector's report... that is because corruption is a serious problem in this country," he said. Ons het 'n ernstige korupsie probleem in hierdie land want ons het ernstige korupte aNc amptenare, 'n ernstige korupte aNc jeug president en 'n ernstige korupte aNc en staats president

      Dominic - 2011-08-09 16:33

      Our ruling political party sees "merit" as a policy of opposition, and the only action they take is "affirmative action". It's against their principles to take any other kind of action, particularly if it is against incompetence. If they did anything about Cele and Co they would be working for the opposition.

      Spyker May - 2011-08-09 17:23

      cgtours, You are correct that the DA is indeed justified in their action, HOWEVER.., The deputy Public protector recently said, the corruption that is currently being exposed in SA, is less than 1% of all the corruption. The inconvenient truth is, if all the corrupt are arrested tomorrow, we should not be surprised if 2/3rds of all the state- and municipal functions, state-owned companies and probably 80% of all BEE companies, are arrested. More ominously - you will expose a crime network/syndicate of epic proportions. I fear we may fast be approaching a situation that should you 'arrest' (probably not physically possible, as those who are in fact supposed to do the 'arresting', are indeed part of the said network) all the perpetrators you will destroy SA and if you do NOT prosecute all the perpetrators, you will also destroy SA - GOD HELP SA...

      Mad Dog - 2011-08-09 21:19

      How long will South Africa still be a member of the G20 countries? I guess that Togo will take our place.

      charlvd - 2011-08-10 09:43

      @Spyker May: Even if this corruption is only 1% of all corruption in SA, eliminating this 1% has the benefit of affirming an anti-corruption stance. Right now what potential corrupts government employees see is that they will escape scot free no matter what they do, since that is what is happening with everyone else. The moment you start charging and taking a hard and public stance against corruption, those fence sitters would err on the side of caution and play honestly. There are many who would continue regardless, but I am certain that there will be a national effect if it is made clear that corruption is unacceptable.

  • braamc - 2011-08-09 14:18

    Viva, teach these filthy fat thieving politicians a lesson.

      Mad Dog - 2011-08-09 21:19

      How long will South Africa still be a member of the G20 countries? I guess that Togo will take our place.

  • BryanJhb - 2011-08-09 14:19

    Whose bona fides are we going to trust: James Selfe and co OR a person who spent R100m of taxpayers money to avoid getting "his day in court". I don't think cvant actually understand the report so there would seem to be no benefit for him to go through it.

  • PAnzi_ne_ANC - 2011-08-09 14:19

    corruption si not a serious probloem n this country.. quite the contrary it is a entrenched part of the ANC governements handbook on governence... no ownder he handed the facst to the speaker who would cow about it in parliament till nothing egts done and another JZ chronie walks free.. lock the prez up too he is guilty by association and by not doing anything about it..

  • Nico - 2011-08-09 14:22

    We should do what the youth in London is doing NOW!!!!!

      Trumpi - 2011-08-09 14:40

      ...and lower ourselves to the level of Cosatu.

      Bravo - 2011-08-09 15:00

      Yes thats it, lets destroy all the infrastructure, buildings, peoples lives, business and the whole social structure - that will teach them. The fact that it wont bring jobs (decent or otherwise) or improive lives is neither here nor there. It is what Africa does - look how successful the rest of Africa is. Look at the bulk of the rioters - they mostly originate from Africa, the Caribbean and Aisa. Wow, how basic can one get?

      Neil - 2011-08-09 15:30

      @Nico:Did someone put an ANC thinking cap on your head because your thoughts are heading in that direction

      chrisbc - 2011-08-09 17:54

      in principle I do not agree with Nico, but it seems that that is the only language our government understands.

      Nico - 2011-08-09 18:23

      @chrisbc..... that is how I was thinking.....(the other negative comments did not see it like you. (10 out of 10 for you )

  • Slapper - 2011-08-09 14:32

    It seems to me that without the DA taking action, nothing would be done about this. Corruption is so ingrained in the ANC that it is accepted as normal business practice…. I wonder if the ANC were going to be a beneficiary? - 2011-08-09 16:15

      Patricia de Lille of the ID was not shy about exposing wrongdoing, for instance, she kept the infamous Arms Deal in the spotlight for more than 10 years. So the DA is not the only entity that takes action.

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-09 14:32

    A Big Mac with extra cheese, fried chippies and a shaik to go, please.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-09 14:40

    let's be honest. The ANC is reluctant to even discuss their cronies's crimes and hate it that they even fail to hide it. If it were not for the DA,who knows how many of these corrupt,incompetent,overpaid,thieves will hide behind Jacob & Malema? It is shocking that these idiots are still employed,eve after being well caught with the grubby paws in the cookie-jar! We all know the story of terminally ill Shaik,JZ' s buddy! To make matter's worse,Shaik's boet is employed in a sensitive position! ANC = Corruption! Fill your pockets comrades!

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-09 14:41

    Gov is probably first trying to find a way to get its cronies off.Or leaving it so long hoping we the public will forget bout it. Same as their delay in dealing with Malema. Stalling until we forger. Btw: what's happening with Malemas hate speech trial?

      crackerr - 2011-08-09 14:56

      Yes, many must be wondering.

      gcr - 2011-08-09 15:01

      If I recall correctly the judge said the 2 parties were to resolve the matter amongst themselves and make a decision and bring it back to him within 3 weeks of the trial conclusion. The judge did say that he was proceeding on long leave and if they didn't meet the deadline then they would have to do closing arguments only in September or later depending on whether a court date was avaialble

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-09 15:10

      gcr: sounds like the judge has decided to take a way out. For him no matter which way he rules, it would be the wrong way.

  • Bravo - 2011-08-09 15:04

    The current government and its leaders are too afraid to open this can of worms - to investigate corruption and to prosecute those who have been found to be part of corruption. Any investigation will lead ultimately to some who are in the upper echalons of power and it will be a total embarressment to the country to have these politicians fingered. They wont be embarrassed of course - they will be seen by their followers as heros of the revolution!!

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-09 15:07

    ANC: AFRICAN NATIONAL CORRUPTION (party) since when having a title of "President" gives one a blanket right to anything. The very sad reality of this platform is that it speaks to only ,0001% of the population. The 75% plus of the illiterate population don't come into contact with it and if they did they wouldn't be able to read and understand it anyway.

  • rory - 2011-08-09 15:25

    I cannot see any concrete reasons why the President has still not taken visible action on the Public Protector's findings. There must therefore be internal political reasons why he has not yet done so. If that is the case then what it says is that JZ is clearly far from being a servant of the people of South Africa but is instead the lackey of corrupt elements within the ruling alliance.

      BryanJhb - 2011-08-09 15:33

      I wud say that that is sooooo obvious. He who spent R100m of taxpayers money in order to not "have his day in court" He is the RINGLEADER of corruption, in my opinion.

  • So What If.. - 2011-08-09 15:28

    You guys are mssing the point. Zuma was studying the report in order to see if there are any loopholes that he could use to get his comrades out of this one. He must be involved as well.

      Neil - 2011-08-09 15:32

      @So what if: Sorry but the words Zuma and Study does not fit in one sentence. Zuma would not know what studying is even if it hit him flat in the face.

      So What If.. - 2011-08-09 16:07

      @ Neil. Sorry, that was a gross oversight from my side...

  • paypalawsuit - 2011-08-09 15:32

    Winnie And Co-Accused Guilty of Fraud - her conviction on 68 criminal charges, in 2003. Can the DA do something about this? She is in parliament and paying private parties with a Lotto cheques book.

  • My2c - 2011-08-09 15:37

    "This shows how seriously and systematically he is processing the public protector's report... that is because corruption is a serious problem in this country," he said. Ons het 'n ernstige korupsie probleem in hierdie land want ons het ernstige korupte aNc amptenare, 'n ernstige korupte aNc jeug president en 'n ernstige korupte aNc en staats president

  • Chris - 2011-08-09 15:53

    Now let's see how Cele an company find ways to wriggle out from under when this matter is not correctly investigated speedily.

  • Richard - 2011-08-09 16:11

    Zuma does not run the DA and they can do as they think fit. Viva DA viva!

  • - 2011-08-09 16:12

    Go, DA, go. If the ANC/government will not take action, then the people must do it. Citizens must retain the power to stop criminals from taking over the country.

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-09 18:35

    How tragic that the Opposition in RSA have to defend the country's constitution whil Government does its best to allow blatant corruption to slip through; also astonishing that ANC does not know its own constitution and realsie that on at least 10 clauses Malema should be kicked out of party. Cabinet and ANC Leadership are toothless

  • Ammie - 2011-08-09 19:19

    Ai these insignificant idiots of the old/new/da/nnp would so much like to feel important. They know how corrupt they were, how their government was murderers, thieves and still they pretend. ai they still long for the gravy train where they pretend to govern and got paid a lot for it and now they pissed cause for a change they do not get handouts like degrees , jobs etc. now we real south africans must sit daily in workplaces with these white fools who cannot do a simple task. oops is that hatespeech lol.Get over yourself plse

      Sparkling - 2011-08-10 07:50

      Yes Ammie that is hate speech and I don't know in which hole your work place is because I'm experiencing quite the oposite!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-08-09 21:09

    The government does not govern! So the DA is doing it for them. Get gone Zuma! Vote DA!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-08-09 21:19

    How long will South Africa still be a member of the G20 countries? I guess that Togo will take our place.

  • Sceptic - 2011-08-10 00:26

    Hasty? my black ass! we can't wait for a few more ANC years before anyone does something! Ridiculous government, no leadership at all. Good on the DA for their leadership, they get my vote!

  • Badballie - 2011-08-10 13:08

    The DA has nothing to answer for, its the ANC government who need to account to the people of this country. its a travesty when the man on the street has to do what the government is paid to do.....protect us.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-08-12 10:53

    Never mind Cele , Wendy , think of the spin off , who else is involved , just like the arms deal , the travelgate scam , the list goes on , and it's no longer a race issue , there are decent law abiding citizens of all hues who are becoming concerned at the level at which corruption is allowed to operate at . This is plunder , period . the rural masses ( who the hell are they anyway ) do not have a clue as to what is happening , but like pavlov's dog's will do as taught .

  • flummoxed - 2011-08-15 09:40

    We truly do live in 'la la land.' Public Prosecutor appointed by the ANC Gov but when she smells a rat in regard to certain deals and sticks to her guns as to the extent of blatant fraud, suddendly her capability to see it for what it is, in question.

  • zs5zk - 2011-08-15 13:42

    When and WHO of the Opposition Party`s are going to lay a charge of CEDTION and planning to over throw a Foreign State in the name of the ANC. No way the ANC can say it is the ANCYL as the ANCYL represents the ANC in all spheres. If it was a White Man,he would have been locked up immediately for planning a war and sabotage against such country. ANC take your SH!T and hopefully the Botswana Government institutes a criminal case and ask`s for the extradition of the Malema Factor.

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