Minister rejects 'no show' allegations

2011-08-18 21:57

Cape Town - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has dismissed the notion of a "no show" on her part at Wednesday's National Assembly public works committee meeting.

"The ministry of public works has noted with concern media reports that suggest that the minister... failed to appear at the meeting of the portfolio committee on public works," it said in a statement on Thursday.

On August 1, Mahlangu-Nkabinde had asked the committee chair for an opportunity to address the committee about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the SA Police Service lease deals.

Subsequently, upon learning that President Jacob Zuma had "referred the matter" to Speaker Max Sisulu, she again wrote to the committee to tender an apology and request that she not address it on matters related to the report.

"This is to allow the current processes initiated by the speaker of the National Assembly to conclude. Such processes would include formal referral of the public protector's report to the portfolio committee of public works.

"The notion of a 'no show' by the minister which has been suggested from certain quarters is misplaced and an exaggeration aimed at undermining the integrity of the minister as she had in the first place, without being compelled, requested to meet with the committee," the ministry said.

  • Grant - 2011-08-18 22:11

    Spin, spin, spin ....evasion at its best. Don't worry, we will believe you!!

      saabnut - 2011-08-19 07:49

      Too true- ducking and diving until redeplyment...

      Uthando - 2011-08-19 08:26

      Zuma, Nkabinde, Cele: Please answer quick, there's a service delivery protest in Tembisa... Zuma, after all the mud you've dragged this country through by showing your lack of leadership skill & undesiciveness; do you honestly still think you deserve a second term. If so, why? Nkabinde; you know, that we know, that you're a liar......right? Cele; are you still in hospital? If so, please slip into something more a coma.

      ReThan - 2011-08-19 08:39

      Monkey land FTMFW!

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-19 09:14

      Uthando - 20 thumbs up lol

      John - 2011-08-19 10:21

      She was there in spirit.

  • Skuinskoek - 2011-08-18 22:14

    "Guilty as charged" ? No, No. No!! But too chicken to answer the Q?s I rest my case....

  • Big-D - 2011-08-18 22:22

    Why should an important person (hahahaha) like her answer to anyone especially the voters??? How silly to expect her to pitch up? Usual government official modus operandi is to address everything when they are ready!! Surprised she wasn't "abroad"

      maseratifitt - 2011-08-18 23:34

      But she IS a Broad.

      bill - 2011-08-19 08:16

      she's a broad broad

      BigMoose - 2011-08-19 08:28

      Looks like Tshepo's mother.

      Toby C. Goss - 2011-08-19 08:52

      very broad

      one-way - 2011-08-19 10:00

      "Haar broek span styf om die rondings van haar lyf!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-19 10:36

      - Hmm - the face says it all.

  • gvdmvdm - 2011-08-18 22:28

    Gwen was almost ready to say something after all! Too bad she wasn't ready to say something after all. After all, Gwen wasn't there because she wasn't ready yet. She wasn't after all, waffle, waffle, mumble, spin, mumble. holiday, busy, unable, free, mumble...

      embargo - 2011-08-19 02:36

      Agreed lolol! She took the day off, she is allowed at least 30 days absence without reason from parliamentary duties... In amongst the mumbles, stutter, split...

      Ogre - 2011-08-19 09:46

      They have developed the art of duckig and diving, bob and weave to such a fine art that they could give lessons to boxers.

  • Bill - 2011-08-18 23:00

    Gwen Lindiwe Mahlangu-Nkabinde is just as arrogant and incompetent as she is guilty…! Why allow to full portfolio committee to assemble for the meeting, to only then be told that Mahlangu-Nkabinde would “Not Show” She is a malingerer and her excuse for not attending is not acceptable….Her office could have given the attendees prior warning and not wasted their time! This is akin to a guilty scholar playing truant to escape the consequence of a wrongdoing…! Just ducking accountability. She was just as incompetent as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and carries this behaviour across just the same as the Minister of Public Works Sack her and replace her with someone that has the ability, honesty and integrity required for the position…!

      maseratifitt - 2011-08-18 23:44

      Shhh...She gets a lot of money, so she MUST be important.

      Danny - 2011-08-19 06:42

      Remember she reaplaced somebody that didn't want to go through with this deal. What does that tell you? The other conman is conveniently faking illness!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-08-19 00:10

    No show allegations. Bad headline, or what? If she didn't show, she didn't show - no allegation there, unless someone's perfected the art of invisibility whaile I wasn't looking? A better headline would have been 'Minister Comments On No Show.' The fact is, whether the hearing was to have been postponed or cancelled or not, she wasn't there, i.e. did not show. Is it just me that is irked by this?

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-19 00:58

      A mind-boggling new depth of denial indeed, and no, it's not just you.

      Dominic - 2011-08-19 11:58

      "The notion of a 'no show' ... is misplaced and an exaggeration aimed at undermining the integrity of the minister" What integrity!?

  • embargo - 2011-08-19 02:46

    Delay, delay, delay... The current motto for the e'Freakin Nation's'ill Conners or the new motto for uniforms on duty in hospitals, sperm bank section... (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

  • ariete - 2011-08-19 05:40

    Bow she needs to go to hospital for her annual checkup

  • Danny - 2011-08-19 06:39

    She probably had something more important to attend, like an appointment with the her hairdresser! Seriously, the disregard these people have for pertinet issues is absolutely shocking. They believe that they are not anserable to anyone, especially seeing whose friends are involved in this leasing fiasco.

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-19 06:40

    "I was actually on my way to Parliament when I stopped off at a bakery to eat their stock" !!

  • Jou Ma - 2011-08-19 06:49

    she-boon enjoyed the picking of the lice to much!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-19 06:54

    no show = no comment otherwise i will be implicated in fraud

  • Baas Frik - 2011-08-19 07:03

    The Minister has no integrity so I have no idea what they are talking about.

  • daaivark - 2011-08-19 07:22

    Surely the proceedings are minuted and such minutes would show who was or wasn't there. Just whip out the minutes and voila..... proof. We know it wasn't you, or the ANC and that you are always misquoted (poor misunderstood soul) so just lay the minutes on us please.

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-19 09:18

      Am I missing something? She said she wasn't there. She didn't deny that. She denied that she was meant to be there. You can't be a 'No Show' if you weren't attending something anyway. The error here is the moronic staff at Nerds24

      daaivark - 2011-08-19 09:44

      Gin. I think you are missing the point. She sits on a committee which had been called to task on it's performance, so clearly she was meant to be there to account for things. That is her job. For her to deny that she was meant to be there, is disingenuous, and for people to accetp that BS (as you have) is just stupid. With respect.

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-08-19 07:49

    It is not possible to undermine her integrity, because she does not have any. Easy neh !?!

  • claudevn - 2011-08-19 08:30


  • Toby C. Goss - 2011-08-19 08:51

    Duck and Dive ducky as much as you want till they redeploy you as the National Closed Toilet inspectorate. Imagine all the c&%p spoken at those meetings. Organise a workshop with teas lunches and dinners in every town because if they dont eat they dont need toilets ! ! Viva viva

  • Badballie - 2011-08-19 09:13

    much ado about usual

  • Gavin - 2011-08-19 09:16

    What a load of f'ing rubbish. This is like being pregnant, either you are or you aren't, either you showed up or you didn't. Our government is disgrace, they have no spines or honor. With dreams to be a king, first one should be a man. I call them out and charge them all with a life that is a LIE !

      Mallyg - 2011-08-19 10:29

      She either was there, or she wasn't there. No debate is possible.

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-08-19 10:01

    Quick one - where are all the cANCer trolls to tell us that Service delivery is optional in SA! PoliBLAH, TshepBlah? Just a quick one:) If the DA member did not show up they would have called for their heads by now.....Oh wait, they are probably busy burning dustbins in Jo'burg CBD!

  • zackie - 2011-08-19 10:23

    what a lie..she was trying to park her BMW 7 series and could not find a spot so she drove back to the airport and took a plane back to jozi

  • KrayZee - 2011-08-19 10:38

    Processes, processes, processes. That is all we hear in connection with this case. Zuma is following processes, Cele wants to clarify processes, Nkabinde is waiting on processes to conclude. Process this: The ANC in government has become a kelptocratic monster as a result of the deployment of incompetent and/or lazy cadres with self-enrichment as their primary goal to positions of critical national importance. This gives them huge salaries and access to humungus budgets which they then proceed to tap for their own gain or the gain of cronies.

  • beicime - 2011-08-19 14:14

    Above the law.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-26 14:27

    Lazy,fat,incompetent,corrupt. Pick one. Any one fill fit

  • scipio - 2011-09-10 07:34

    just bugger off you greedy woman!

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