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DA wants 'toxic' Yengeni fired

2011-08-22 22:39

Cape Town - Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu should fire "politically toxic" fraud convict Tony Yengeni from the parliamentary committee dealing with a review of the defence force, the DA said on Monday.

"The fact is that Tony Yengeni is politically toxic and risks contaminating the entire defence review process," Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier said.

The last defence review, a process aimed at long-term defence force planning, was conducted 13 years ago.

The Interim National Defence Force Service Commission has recommended the defence department once again undertake an extensive and properly funded review.

"The defence review is absolutely vital because it provides an opportunity to reset the mandate, capabilities and funding levels of the defence force," Maynier said.

A high-level committee, headed by Roelf Meyer and including Yengeni, had been appointed to conduct the defence review.

Maynier said Yengeni should never have been appointed to the committee because of his fraud conviction relating to the arms deal and his four-year jail sentence.

He was also being investigated by the police for illegal directorships in contravention of section 218 of the Companies Act (1973). This states that anybody convicted of theft, fraud, forgery or perjury is disqualified from being a director of a company, Maynier said.

Yengeni's values "clearly contrast with the core values of the defence force", which include integrity and honesty.

"Why should ordinary soldiers serving in the defence force, who are required to uphold the values of honesty and integrity, be reviewed by... Yengeni?" Maynier asked.

"Tony Yengeni is clearly not a fit and proper person to serve on the defence review committee, and the minister's poor judgment now risks compromising the entire defence review.

Sisulu's office was not available for comment.

Comments
  • Netherlands - 2011-08-22 22:54

    "...Sisulu's office was not available for comment." YEP... Let the CROOKED BASTARD in.... he is part of the ANC ELITE after all! Fight this one.... let that Bastard remember why he went to jail, albeit for a couple of weeks.... but the RECORD REMAINS!!!!!! CONVICT!

      Sedick - 2011-08-22 23:43

      Yengeni HAS the correct credentials for the ARMS 2 review. Before the last one (Arms Deal 1), the Cadres were all novices in the art of corruption - and they only managed to steal Billions. He has been convicted of corruption, and now has a Masters in Corruption. He will therefore be able to steal 10s of Billions. Just what the Cadres want.........

      Little Jim - 2011-08-23 05:33

      Only in a tin pot third world pear shaped banana republic does someone get convicted for fraud and spends time in jail and then gets sent back to parliament and serves on a committee that is in charge of a portfolio for what he was bust for in the first place!!! Typically corrupt ANC government deploying uselss clowns in positions they are not suited for simply because they are party members...no wonder this country is on the slippery slope to the cesspool of failed African countries!!

      Mixyez - 2011-08-23 09:39

      Clearly he has manged to squander his previously ill-gotten gains and needs another bite of the cherry to prepare for retirement. As I said in a previous ost, there are so many uncollected favours out there that have to be redeemed!!!

      Daryl - 2011-08-23 11:21

      The more crime you commit, the more you are qualified for the position.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-07-10 09:27

      Netherlands He knows where the bodies are buried. ANC policy is I won't go alone as The Honorable JZ and others have said.

  • sipholess - 2011-08-22 22:59

    Totaly agree, but Yengeni is one of the ANC big boys and therefore untouchable. These parasites just dont have any shame !!!!!!!!

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-22 23:26

    Whoever nominated Toni Yengeni has little regard for good corporate governance. Is SA running out of fit and proper persons or what? This political connectedness at all costs is not in the best interest of our brlovrd country!

  • saliem - 2011-08-22 23:38

    One can only assume that Yengeni has loads of dirt related to the arms deal... his appointment has been made to keep him silent. Considering that the arms deal is now being investigated again, this appointment is no co-incidence!

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-08-22 23:41

    DA's reactionary politics stinks. I will go on record on saying that the DA will always remain just another political for as long as Zille is the helm and as long as they are hellbent on preserving the colonial and Apartheid inequalities into the future. So many conservative whites have already the party for FF+ due its liberal stance and a few unpopular Black appointments. I am anti-corruption and don't support poor and favouristic appointments, neither do I support recolonisation. For as long as I see skewed social developments in C Town, and as long as the DA does not state how it would redress past imbalances and ill-gained wealth, shall I always resent their motives.

      Vuzi - 2011-08-23 00:30

      ANC's reactionary politics stinks. I will go on record on saying that the ANC will always remain just another political for as long as Zuma is the helm and as long as they are hellbent on preserving the colonial and Apartheid inequalities into the future. So many conservative blacks have already the party for DA due its liberal stance and a few popular Black appointments. I am anti-corruption and don't support poor and favouristic appointments, neither do I support recolonisation. For as long as I see skewed social developments in SA, and as long as the ANC does not state how it would redress past imbalances and ill-gained wealth, shall I always resent their motives.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 03:56

      "..... I am anti-corruption and don't support poor and favouristic appointments, neither do I support recolonisation...." WHY WAS YENGENI SENT TO JAIL???????? Serious.... if you support what you say.... then ANSWER THE FRIGGING QUESTION!!!!!! Yengeni was sent to jail for his part in the CORRUPTION surrounding the ARMS DEAL....FACT!!!!! So if you support Yengeni.... you are COMFORTABLE with the fact that CORRUPT CADRE'S are ok to serve when the CONSTITUTION STATES THEY CANNOT? They "WON'T HAVE BIASED VIEWS" regarding the TRUTH????? Put your money where your mouth is Hamilton... leave the SKIN COLOUR thing ALONE!!!!!! About time you start thinking with your HEAD and NOT YOUR HEART!!!!

      Getsreal - 2011-08-23 04:27

      Hey Hamilton- I guess the avoidance of dealing with the issue is not just a "you" thing. Many people quite naturally redirect and deflect the real issue in favor of an arguement that while completely off topic, satisfies their own perspectives, opinions and beliefsand mostly agenda's... their need to be right, or in control. So lets forget your preconceived ideas about the DA etc.. they are merely conveying a message...and this meesenger is asking pretty plainly why does government perpetuate the involvement of criminals in their committees? For a moment lets forget who's asking the question, I'd like to stick to the nuts and bolts! And maybe then we'll get somewhere. Too often the issues are deflected because of who it came from... when do we get to the actual discussion> And fix the problem. The deflection is becoming a matter of course- and we're not spending enough time dealing proactively with the real issues! Healthy debate requires listening to the question and answering it- simple ..SO... What do you think about a criminal sitting on this committee?

      Komasa - 2011-08-23 05:37

      @Netherlands your upper case rhetoric is a reflection of your diminished white racist mind. You stereotypes are constantly telling us to vote DA because of corruption yet you continuously refer to us as in derogatory terms. @Hamilton gave a balanced view of his feelings and your dogmatic response was so typical. I have introduced the DA leaders in my township to this website and I will personally make sure that the DA does not get another vote out of my area.

      Little Jim - 2011-08-23 05:38

      @ Hamiltion...spoken like a true African...its clowns like you who think the way the ANC runs this country is the international norm. And your comment stinks of irony, being so anti-corruption yet support a party that perfected holesale corruption, theft, fraud and nepotism...go back to school, you self rightous arrogant dunce, and learn what these big words you use mean and then come back and argue your point!

      setsompa - 2011-08-23 06:14

      Hamilton, corruption is cancerous and will destroy our country if not exposed. I did not expect Tony Yengeni to go back to parliarment after his release from prison. I am sure you are aware that most companies will not employ anyone who had been convicted with fraud. Our country has turned into a banana republic. I do not have a problem with who rules South Africa as long as the country is well run.

      Christiaan Barnard - 2011-08-23 06:46

      @Hamilton.How blind can one really be?Look at the rest of Africa, and tell me who is to blame.How long has Mugabe been ruling in Zimbabwe,whilst the people suffer? Lets blame the whites as well.Why is Cape Town rated as one of the best cities in the world? Could it be because the ANC is not ruling there? YES!!! The founders of the ANC would be ashamed today to see how corrupt the party has become.They are in it for the power and greed.What about the people that support them? The apartheid thing is getting a bit old now.Move forward, and try to improve the country which has been handed to you on a silver platter.All the infrastructure is already in place.Please don't follow the rest of Africa's example and stuff it up even more!

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 07:06

      Go on record as much as you want, Hamilton. It still doesn't make what you're saying any less nonsensical. You may consider putting in a few of the clearly missing verbs as well, so that your sentences actually make sense, even if the arguments don't. The same goes for your clone, Vuzi.

      daaivark - 2011-08-23 07:07

      On the other hand, Netherlands counter is pretty ridiculous and belligerent as well.

      Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-08-23 08:41

      @komasa - Get a life you racist twat!

      Kenno - 2011-08-23 08:52

      Oh Hamilton....You are such a narrow minded ignorant racist prick!

      JustinD - 2011-08-23 08:56

      FU

      WhiteFight - 2011-08-23 09:44

      The only ill-gained wealth in this country belongs to Zuma and his cadres you ignorant fool.

      camp.j - 2011-08-23 09:59

      And daaivark is dishing out free grammar lessons this morning this is mainly because he has ZERO content of any substance to add to the subject.

      Southern - 2011-08-23 12:05

      @ Hamilton Copied from Wikipedia Helen Zille (legal name Otta Helene Maree née Zille; born 9 March 1951) is the Premier of the Western Cape,[1] a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament,[2] leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance political party, and a former Mayor of Cape Town. Zille is a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist,[3][4][5] and famously exposed the truth behind the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko while working for the Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s.[6] She also worked with the Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups during the 1980s.[7] In the political arena, Zille has worked in all three tiers of government—as the Western Cape province's education MEC (1999–2004), as a Member of Parliament (2004–2006), as Mayor of Cape Town (2006–2009), and as Premier of the Western Cape (2009–present). Zille's work as mayor, and in particular her successes in tackling crime, drug abuse and unemployment in Cape Town, led to her selection as World Mayor of the Year in 2008 - from a field of 820 candidates.[8][9] She was also chosen as Newsmaker of the year 2006 by the National Press Club in July 2007, and is a former finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award.[10] Zille speaks English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa as well as German, the language of her parents.[

  • SiphovdMerwe - 2011-08-23 00:12

    You guys don't get it do you? This arms deal is saga is way too big. It's a pandora's box, don't open that $hit for I fear the consequences thereof. People like Toni Yengeni know hold keys to a lot of information about this case. He is just a pawn, the sacrificial lamb to make it seem like this has been dealt with. There are people involved in this scandal like you'd never imagine. I know we all need closure, but some things are better left alone. Let sleeping dogs lie, use your third eye vision. Life's is not so bad, at least we've got Steve Hofmeyer and Juju to entertain us occasionally, though Juju seems to be under a lot of stress lately.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-08-23 00:26

    I feel almost a bit sad for the ANC...when we were all younger, there were respected men an women among their ranks who were earmarked as future leaders - in a time when being sent to jail was considered martyrdom - but so many of them turned out not to be the great heroes the next generation's youth would aspire to become like, but sadly, rather, they turned out to be no more than rotten crooks who would steal even from the very people they were supposed to be admired by - and would be convicted of crimes mostly driven by greed. Yet, since these people (and the likes of Julius Malema) are all they (the ANC) have been able to retain and all they've got to offer, they cannot come to terms and admit that they somehow managed to break the once-mighty, once proud ANC. Our beloved country, too, in the process. All of us South Africans, no matter the colour of your skin or the God of your faith or the frequency of your radio station, we have all been cheated out of the future we all deserved...by people like Tony Yengeni and those who continue to empower him. I today defended why I continue to be a citizen of South Africa, but nonsense like this adds a lot of egg to my face as the future I am working for becomes more and more bleak.

  • Trevor - 2011-08-23 06:04

    How does convicted CRIMINAL serve in Government and this all LONG after 1994???? ANC just proves it rotten to the core!

  • Robin - 2011-08-23 06:26

    is this crooked cockroach Yengeni still around?...bloody thief!!! should be behind bars..

  • Baas Frik - 2011-08-23 06:46

    Further proof that the ANC government has no respect for the citizens of this country. They also have very low moral standards. Definatele not an example to the youth of this country. No wonder the youth want to rebel.

  • pothead - 2011-08-23 07:23

    @komasa,have you got sh.t for brains? playing the racist card again? get a life!!!! parlement did the same when the scorpion's were dis banded - the people they investigated for the travelgate scandal were the one's who voted to have them disbanded....!!! i did not once see netherlands making a racist remark,yet you...........!!!!! not about race - it's 'bout "right or wrong"!!!!

  • Thabo Matwabeng - 2011-08-23 07:24

    How is Tony Yengeni even part of a parliamentary committee dealing with a review of the defence force? Or do they think his experience in getting caught for taking bribes will serve them well in finding out ways to get away with it for future Arms Deals, National Health Insurance deals, Nationalised Mines deals, etc. The hypocracy of the ANC/SACP/COSATU alliance is this: COSATU keeps on complaining about corruption but they do not have the balls to take the ANC on or seperate from the alliance, AND they will keep on supporting their own members guilty of crimes. The ANC, on the other hand, is too keen to promise COSATU all sorts of things, pretending to serve the poor, but the only people getting anything from the deal are the tenderpreneurs and the COSATU leadership. The SACP has like 20 000 members; if they were to stand on their own during elections, they won't even get a single seat in parliament, yet the alliances gives these bunch of blind ideologists a soap box from which to shout their idiocies. What a farce.

      des.maartens - 2011-08-30 18:26

      Brilliant comment Thabo Matwabeng. When someone like you hits the mark dead centre we are all dazed by it's correctness.

  • Kevin - 2011-08-23 07:30

    Does our government have zero standards ,You cannot have a convicted convict serving on anything to do with the military ,let alone government. I suppose having a criminal record is something you put on your CV if you are an anc cardholder.

  • braamc - 2011-08-23 07:38

    Where have you not seen a criminal, murderer or thieve in the ANC, he fits the shoe.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-23 07:46

    Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. If they know where the skeletons are buried then you better believe that they are in your back pocket. I also thought that if you had a criminal record you couldn't serve in government, so please will someone tell me why we have a government run by crooks.

  • Babba x - 2011-08-23 08:28

    Most of the ANC serving are criminals. No surprise

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-08-23 09:03

    Lindiwe is also in the wrong port-folio !! She should move to the Women's Ministry where she can groom her hair and nails the whole day or massage the feet of old Winnie !! As for Tony.....eish bru..you can thank the heavens above !! You are also one of the BIG spenders !!

  • changeisGood - 2011-08-23 09:03

    If these guys wants us to listern to their plea, let them change the Management structutes in the DA transform to minimum 60% Black with a black leader and maybe we can listern to you.

      VELOCITY - 2011-08-23 11:07

      That would be very difficult to achieve, see there is no such thing as a "Black Manager" or a "Black Leader". If you mean an "Affirmative Action BBEEE Appointee" and a "Mob Rule elected Despot" then that makes more sense. If the DA would do as you suggest, the party would turn into a corrupt, racist black majority rule party overnight. It would be destroyed in other words, which is what you want isn't it?

      AllHoliday - 2011-08-23 11:20

      @changeisGood, we already have an ANC government, did you not know? Why should the DA change their structure? Are that not the whole idea of democracy?? Good healthy opposition!! Or are u scared that they may be to good?? What does the color of one's skin have to do with it? If they do a better job, their skin color does not matter!!

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-10 09:29

      Your just another sad racist. I can't believe you vote for a skin color. Shame...

  • Douglas - 2011-08-23 09:29

    Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has made a grave error, she has tarnished her name and the "Sisulu" name, a name that should stand for honesty and integrity as it did with Walter Sisulu. I urge her to reconsider her position and remove Tony Yengeni from the committee to review the defence service.

  • tut - 2011-08-23 09:40

    African National chaingang hard at work.

  • SLIMSANNIE - 2011-08-23 10:46

    And what about the 3 submarines in Simons Town turning into rust because Ms Sisulu cannot find suitable staff to operate these extremely expensive, extremely complicated submarines? (A team was sent to Germany, who sent them back because they could not be trained. The Indians was tried thereafter, and they also sent them back - untrainable.) In the meantime, some idiot blew up the whole electrical system on one of the subs. The story about our frigats are as painful as the story on the subs. Our once proud Navy is no more than a few unproductive billion dollar vessels in Simons Town harbour.

      Grant - 2011-08-23 10:56

      Read this link http://praag.co.uk/news/southern-africa/557-new-sa-sub-damaged-by-sheer-stupidity-.html

  • Big6CPT - 2011-08-23 10:55

    It just makes me more depressed and sick to the core reading about this. What is happening to our wonderful country? Nothing the only that is going to happen is we will end up like Zimbabwe. The sad thing is we are not in a position to do anything about it. It is sick and sad to see this. I worry about my small kids growing up in this society. We need strong leadership.

  • AllHoliday - 2011-08-23 11:23

    'Sisulu's office was not available for comment.' - What a luxery.. ? Why is she or hir office not available for comment? Who are available to answer to the people? Surely the people are entitled to an answer, since their tax money are paying their salaries!!

  • beicime - 2011-08-23 11:29

    When one understands that this is all about friends and supporters and has noting to do with morale then it makes sense.

  • Southern - 2011-08-23 11:31

    @ Hamilton Copied from Wikipedia Helen Zille (legal name Otta Helene Maree née Zille; born 9 March 1951) is the Premier of the Western Cape,[1] a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament,[2] leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance political party, and a former Mayor of Cape Town. Zille is a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist,[3][4][5] and famously exposed the truth behind the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko while working for the Rand Daily Mail in the late 1970s.[6] She also worked with the Black Sash and other pro-democracy groups during the 1980s.[7] In the political arena, Zille has worked in all three tiers of government—as the Western Cape province's education MEC (1999–2004), as a Member of Parliament (2004–2006), as Mayor of Cape Town (2006–2009), and as Premier of the Western Cape (2009–present). Zille's work as mayor, and in particular her successes in tackling crime, drug abuse and unemployment in Cape Town, led to her selection as World Mayor of the Year in 2008 - from a field of 820 candidates.[8][9] She was also chosen as Newsmaker of the year 2006 by the National Press Club in July 2007, and is a former finalist in the South African Woman of the Year Award.[10] Zille speaks English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa as well as German, the language of her parents.[

  • York Hunt - 2011-08-23 12:16

    My question. Are there ANY honest, incorruptible politicians in the ANC?

  • mzondistanley - 2012-07-10 16:44

    ANC Political Party is not run by DA Political Failures!! You failed gunner support to be a Ruling Party now when you run out of Policies to Develop the Nation, There you are talking about who ANC shoould Kick out or Keep. That is Shameful!! People of South africa did not send you to Parliament as parrots with no new ideas!! Check your Election Manifesto!!

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