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DA wants action on Gauteng graft report

2011-06-22 18:50

Johannesburg - The DA in Gauteng has referred a report on alleged corruption in the provincial transport department to President Jacob Zuma, to have the matter probed further.

"I have requested President Zuma to issue a presidential proclamation that authorises the Special Investigating Unit to probe the 'criminal conspiracy' accusations, as well as the eight identified cases of irregularities involving about R500m," the party's Jack Bloom said on Wednesday.

The Resolve Group report was made public by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane last year. Mokonyane said last week it had not been referred to other investigating agencies, but was dealt with by her office instead.

The report recommends that further action is needed to probe allegations, by former Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs, of a "criminal conspiracy" in which friends and associates of former department head Sibusiso Buthelezi received large government contracts in exchange for bribes, or to enrich themselves.

Buthelezi faced disciplinary action after the release of the report. He left the department with a R1m golden handshake.

Bloom alleged that this was due to Buthelezi's close ties to ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile.

"I have also sent the report to Mr Willie Hofmeyr of the Special Investigating Unit and to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. I have done this as it is essential that criminal charges are laid where necessary, rather than the perpetual pattern of officials leaving with golden handshakes."

Bloom said there were eight findings of irregularities contained in the report.

These included the alleged irregular appointment of Ilima and Tau Pride as service providers to the Jabulani Hospital project in Soweto, without a competitive bidding process.

The hospital's cost was R300m over budget.

Buthelezi allegedly contravened the Public Finance Management Act, appointing TT4 consultants without following a competitive bidding process.

Mncedisi Ndlovu & Sedumedi (MNS) Attorneys was allegedly irregularly appointed. More than R100m was paid to a company called Data Mobility between October 2006 and August 2008.

The assets bought with the money could however not be verified.

Bloom accused Mokonyane of being "derelict" for failing to refer the report for further investigation.

"We will never defeat corruption unless there is the political will to proceed, no matter who may be implicated. Mokonyane has failed to confront the corruption monster because key implicated officials are politically protected."

Mokonyane's spokesperson Dumisani Zulu could not immediately be reached for comment.

Comments
  • GT - 2011-06-22 19:11

    HANDCUFFS, when will these bloodsuckers ever get handcuffs?

      Raymond - 2011-06-22 20:05

      I don't think ever.They will steal the blue out of the sky if they could.It is a culture,and will not go away.

      croix - 2011-06-22 21:35

      How about the noose, rather? It IS 'high treason' against the people. How I wish .............

      Spyker May - 2011-06-22 23:16

      More so... ... when will we learn about a company called SGL Engineering Projects..?

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 07:25

      What has happened about fat boy's ,SGL engineering projects and all the shoddy and unfinished work they did. Come on DA , prod and let's ensure justice is done . If anyone did jail there would be much happiness. Even better if we can get some of the money back. Maybe claim somebodies house in Sandton

      DJI - 2011-06-23 07:39

      Cant we refuse to pay tax until all this corruption stops. Because all we are paying for is this fat F*%ks to get fatter. They are stealing us blind.

  • ian - 2011-06-22 19:49

    QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Affirmative Action by London Times 2011 June 07 15:08:42 | 414 Views "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others." Source: London Times

      Raymond - 2011-06-22 20:16

      This should be published as headlines on the front page of every News Paper in South Africa. So true,but some people are just plain stupid and cannot see this.The difference is that the minority get up in the morning,roll up their sleeves and go out and WORK hard to earn an HONEST living.

      Chelsea Morning - 2011-06-22 20:21

      That is so right. When will the masses learn that their money is being stolen left right and centre

      Vince.York - 2011-06-23 06:25

      Trevor Manuel and the other "suddenly super rich" ALL say AA has not run it's course in SA yet, obviously in line with the small gang of 300,000 of the youth leagues ambitions, to have AA policies endure for between 300 to 3000 years here, in face of the obligations in the UN resolutions that there should have been firm fixed periods set within which to carry out the aims it was meant to accomplish. Essop Pahad, as could be probably vouched by all journalists currently per the fiasco comprising Manyi, would also be the strongest silent proponent for an elevated style of AA, most likely for all minorities to have to carry a tag on their sleeves, a tattoo on their wrist and a membership card for any attempt at obtaining any form of employ or contract. BUT THEN, Kader Asmal was merely a cast-out for the foresight he could envisage in the "violent veering off course" and the "tangent path" that the newer greedier ANC of today are exhibiting in the false premises that the leadership are clearly displaying. The fruits of the laxity of these leaders is still to come to bear here, and it will NOT in be the way they expected.

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 07:28

      Can you believe that the massive majority needs AA for it's voters. It certainly does not say much for the quality of there voters and yes we do know these AA chaps would not be in the job if it was a numbers exercise. Some of there comments in meetings are ludicrous ,but being well mannered whiteys we do not laugh till we are outside.

      The Observer - 2011-06-23 09:32

      Brilliant and so so true. Why didn't I think of it before.

      The Observer - 2011-06-23 09:33

      O and to the person who gave ian a thumbs down. Truth hurts hey.

  • James Weather - 2011-06-22 20:03

    Good work DA ... Stay on these forkers. They must pay for for stealing our money and whats worse is they trying to say nationalisation of minds is going to help? Help what? corruption?

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-23 06:29

      The ANC is working hard on nationalisation of hearts and minds. They want passionate non-thinkers for their power base.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-06-22 21:12

    Bloom accused Mokonyane of being "derelict" for failing to refer the report for further investigation. "We will never defeat corruption unless there is the political will to proceed, no matter who may be implicated. Mokonyane has failed to confront the corruption monster because key implicated officials are politically protected." Mokonyane's spokesperson Dumisani Zulu could not immediately be reached for comment. ' NUFF SAID.

  • Zupta - 2011-06-23 03:57

    And once again the DA will get no support for these probes. I say let's put public and business pressure on the government for these probes to be done. Let's fire those that are responsible for these fraudulent activities. If nothing is done it just continues.

  • Larro - 2011-06-23 05:32

    " More than R100m was paid to a company called Data Mobility between October 2006 and August 2008. The assets bought with the money could however not be verified. " CHECK THE GARAGES OF OUR ANC COMRADES - YOU'LL FIND THE 'ASSETS' THERE!

      Kevin - 2011-06-23 07:29

      We just need to start jailing corrupt scum

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-23 06:22

    "Buthelezi faced disciplinary action after the release of the report. He left the department with a R1m golden handshake". The person who approved this "golden handshake" should also be prosecuted.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-23 06:43

    Sometimes I wonder about the quality of intellect involved in drafting our constitution. Where are the so-called checks and balances? If corruption within the ruling party is suspected, surely it is incumbent upon the opposition parties to appoint and lead a commission of inquiry? How are we ever going to stop corruption if we rely on the leader of the corruptors to initiate action against it? The President can only be given these powers if he is totally independent. Our President is not. He stands first for himself, second for his party, third for his friends and fourth for SA.

  • Kevin - 2011-06-23 07:22

    WE WANT TO SEE CORRUPT OFFICIALS GETTING MAXIMUM SENTENCES. THEY CAN SERVE IT ON ROBBEN ISLAND. IT WILL FEEL LIKE HOME FOR SOME OF THEM

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-23 09:19

      The island is too small to accommodate all involved in corruption. Perhaps the few honourable and honest politicians should be moved to Robben Island to start over, in the fight to liberate South Africa from the ANC.

      tryanything - 2011-07-26 18:35

      Can we not use that old scrapped ship that has run aground off KZN??

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-23 08:09

    (A)narchy (N)epotism (C)orruption. Nothing will happen nsd far as justice is concerned. The noble savage has a sense of 'entitlement'.

  • Frox - 2011-06-23 09:57

    Sucking this country dry, liking f@(king locusts...one day the golden goose is gonna dissapear, then what? No thought for sustainability, only now...take take take.

  • Wil - 2011-10-01 19:34

    Stop top rot: Stop illegal tax for lawless corrupters! The state may tax for legal use, but never for its reported massive corruption. Instead, the state must prevent corruption, recover any and also tax corrupters. If not, it is illegal and discriminating. Tax laws used for corruption are likewise illegal. Numerous published reports for decades prove illegal abuse of tax for massive state corruption. The state never has any legal power to tax for illegal use or to corrupt. And nothing can justify any corruption. The state holds absolute powers over all its corruption activities, information and records. Thus no reason exists why the state cannot prevent corruption, recover any and also tax corrupters. Not to do so, is illegal, and discriminates against the poor masses and honest taxpayers. Most important, no civilized law is legal for criminal or illegal purposes like corruption. Hence, tax laws for its use are likewise illegal, which can never be legally approved. Stop this illegal, criminal, discriminatory and protected state corruption with its illegal tax burden. Honesty by all shall slash tax for all. State corruption forces distresssed masses to protests against absurd services. Which is then crushed with inhuman bloody oppression. How can a brutal, corrupt state be that of free and honest elections by the people?

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