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Minister's ethics probe - first since '94

2011-04-14 23:33

Cape Town - In a first since the ANC came to power in 1994, the public protector has been asked by the party’s MPs to investigate a Cabinet minister over alleged abuse of funds.

Parliament's ethics committee on Thursday asked that reports of abuse of public funds by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka be probed.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Shiceka spent R640 000 in one year on rooms for himself and staff at the One & Only hotel in Cape Town, flew to Switzerland first class to visit a girlfriend in jail and hired a limousine to drive him to the prison.

The newspaper said the trip to Bern cost the taxpayer R367 000 in total and Shiceka had passed it off as official business related to the 2010 FIFAWorld Cup.

Shiceka, who has been on sick leave since February, said at the time the story had been based on fabricated documents.

On Thursday, he refused to comment on the ethics committee's move. Well-placed sources in the ANC described it as a significant move, adding that it could be the end of the road in Cabinet for Shiceka.

A senior alliance member added that Schiceka was so ill that he probably wouldn't be returning in any case.

Committee co-chairs, ANC heavyweight Ben Turok and Lemias Mashile, also an ANC member, announced in a late-afternoon statement that the request for an investigation had been sent to the public protector.

Technically wrong

Sources within the ANC said it was unlikely that it would have happened without approval from Luthuli House.

The step is unusual and "technically wrong" because the co-chairs took it upon themselves to approach the public protector instead of waiting for a majority vote at a committee meeting.  The last meeting was in March.

However, it was widely welcomed from within ANC circles as well as by the DA and Cosatu.

"The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind," said ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu.

Spokesperson Patrick Craven said Cosatu hoped that it would set a precedent so that all serious and "well documented" claims against senior government officials be investigated in future.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi earlier called for an investigation and said Shiceka should be fired if he was found guilty.

Anchen Dreyer, DA-MP and member of the ethics committee, welcomed the decision, but wanted to know why similar investigations were not being made with regard to other ministers accused of splurging tax payers' money.

"It is telling that the ANC is applying selective morality a month before the elections.

"One expects consistency and strong action - irrespective of the faction to which an individual belongs.

Turok refused to say why the ethics committee was acting against Shicke and not any other ministers.

A top official within the ruling party insisted, however, that it sent out a clear message.

 

Comments
  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-14 23:41

    SEVENTEEN years in power, SEVENTEEN years of crime, corruption and bribery, SEVENTEEN years of rule by the African National Circus and we have a FIRST...........Minister Sicelo Shiceka is to be probed over alleged abuse of funds. Hau, things are looking up......one probe for every SEVENTEEN years of rule. I can't belief.

      saliem - 2011-04-14 23:54

      Eishhhhhhhhhhh

      Neyven - 2011-04-15 05:03

      I agree. Now they must just root out all those other criminals sitting there in their parliamentary ivory tower. South Africa must be about the only country in the world where you have self-confessed criminals (Travelgate) approving laws for their fellow citizens.

      Gatvol - 2011-04-15 06:26

      It's close to election time. The ANC is using using Shiceka as a sacrificial lamb in order to gather votes, after he was exposed by the media. Many of the ANC hierarchy are corrupt and couldn't care less about ending corruption. Had Shiceka not been exposed at this time the whole thing would have been swept under the carpet. I wouldn't take the ANC's moral high ground thing too seriously

      CheekySod - 2011-04-15 08:02

      SEVENTEEN years of "fabricated documents".

      CheekySod - 2011-04-15 08:08

      SEVENTEEN years of "fabricated documents".

      Noir - 2011-04-15 10:20

      @Macho Mike Puts it in contrast, must agree with you, really pathetic!

      Dave - 2011-04-15 12:01

      They desperate for votes Mike, make everyone beleive they turning over a new leaf. All part of the parcel, the whole lot are milking the system, but this cheif is going to be the scape goat.

      WCD - 2011-04-15 12:28

      Strategy, strategy, master full strategy. The ANC is shacking in their shoes.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 13:48

      This mug has got aids , and will die long before he is found guilty .... his own mates know it . Well selected scapechimp just before the elections .

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 13:49

      Oops ... my apologies to the Chimps out there ... Scapegoat .... no not goat either .... Scapestone !!!!!

  • Corry - 2011-04-14 23:59

    Hmmm, he hasn't been at work since Feb, off sick with an "unknown" disease. Clearly the shower didn't work for him. So the ANC investigates, find him guilty and heprobably pegs off in the meanwhile. Empty gesture

      daaivark - 2011-04-15 07:45

      Sick? Or safely stashed away, away from nasty prying journalist agents?

  • Corry - 2011-04-15 00:00

    Hmmm, he hasn't been at work since Feb, off sick with an "unknown" disease. Clearly the shower didn't work for him. So the ANC investigates, find him guilty and heprobably pegs off in the meanwhile. Empty hollow gesture

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-15 00:01

    "The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind," said ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu." Uhhhhhhhhh... Am i the only one that sees the overwhelming irony in this statement? No, i'm not as king you, Polio/Kolobe/Tsepo/rest of the brainwashed ANC hordes.

      Gaanake - 2011-04-15 08:34

      The ANC knows about various corrupt practices carried out by their populist leaders, especially some Premiers. But because they are regarded as 'vote-drawwers', the ANC will not take any action against them until there's a very very serious public and media outcry. Then they'll issue another feeble statement to the effect that "they do not tolerate corruption of any kind". So far, it's only Mr Vavi who has been outspoken against corruption and it seems when it comes to corruption, he has no friends, regardless.

      DeonL - 2011-04-15 10:50

      ANC might be more believable if and when they decide to start prosecution of Zuma's corruption charges again.

  • Tamara - 2011-04-15 00:06

    Smells like a scapegoat to me...

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 14:58

      Tamara . How dare you insult the goats like that .... you should be ashamed of yourself !! Scapechimp !!!

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-04-15 00:26

    If you all think you saw a flurry of scurvy excitement to cover up all zuma's shenanigans and land claims and squeals of poverty as in a circus gone mad during the "Mbeki Onslaught" period - then the rush to cover up all wrong doing in this thiefs case will put that all far to shame! WE ALL KNOW (the entire world) HOW THE RACIST ANC IS CRIMINAL THROUGHOUT BY NOW.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 15:04

      As the old saying goes ...." n haastige chimp verbrand sy mond "

  • Frungy - 2011-04-15 01:33

    Am I the only one here who seems bothered by the fact that the ANC seems to believe that the rules of parliament are secondary to the decisions of the ANC committees? I mean really it seems ridiculous that someone can be guilty as sin in terms of the laws of the land, but it's still necessary to get the nod from some ANC committee to prosecute them, it's pretty clearly saying, "We think the ANC's interests are more important than justice, truth or anything else".

  • ricardo.mafuna - 2011-04-15 03:23

    He should face the hand of justice if found guilty,there's nothimg smell like a scapegoat here,some people never applaud the ruling party for good they have done,that is why you can never be in power!!!

      gizzy - 2011-04-15 05:23

      Ja right. Read your comment again and then translate it for us. Too 1st grade to understand!

      gizzy - 2011-04-15 05:23

      Ja right. Read your comment again and then translate it for us. Too 1st grade to understand!

      gizzy - 2011-04-15 05:23

      Ja right. Read your comment again and then translate it for us. Too 1st grade to understand!

      Luckybugger - 2011-04-15 06:30

      One word, IDIOT!!!!!!!!

      Reality - 2011-04-15 07:03

      What good? When? And by the way, they are elected to do good for the citizens of RSA. They are not suppose4d to be given a titbit everytime they do a trick correctly!!!

      Gen - 2011-04-15 07:06

      When the good outweighs the bad, only then will we applaud the ruling party. You can only enjoy the warmth of a fire once the smoke has cleared.

      Gen - 2011-04-15 07:06

      When the good outweighs the bad, only then will we applaud the ruling party. You can only enjoy the warmth of a fire once the smoke has cleared.

      daaivark - 2011-04-15 07:48

      And what good has the party done? For the nation, that is. Not for comrade X and his wife's cousin.

      daaivark - 2011-04-15 07:48

      And what good has the party done? For the nation, that is. Not for comrade X and his wife's cousin.

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 15:13

      Wow ricardo .... Your superior intellect and logical deductive resoning leaves me lost for words . Oh and I don't smell a scapegoat either , and I like the way you have taken the fish by the horns on this one !

  • cpdennis1 - 2011-04-15 03:48

    Agreed, the ANC pigs are gorging themselves and blaming apartheid for their lack of delivery. George Orwell's Animal Farm in full flight. I place this on record, 2020 there will be bloodshed in South Africa on an unprecedented level. The 3 ring circus (ANC, communist party and COSATU) will have #ucked things up so badly that the masses will be crying for a government who can deliver. And they will forcefully remove these people from office and claim back their ill gotten gains. Your time is coming, you blood sucking parasites!

      Luckybugger - 2011-04-15 06:21

      2020 is a long way off, what you say is immanent, and this will come about when the uninformed like ricardo.mafuna above you here comes to the realizationthat their beloved comrades in power are steeling from them and strike out in anger as it is happening further north of our borders, but the sad reality is when the backlash finally happens there will be nothing left but roots and stones to dine on as in Zimbabwe, and the blame will be placed squarely at the door of the colonials. VIVA ANC, VIVA CORRUPTION, VIVA CRIME,Mr. Mandela's book should have read THE NOT SO LONG WALK TO POVERTY AND HUNGER

      daaivark - 2011-04-15 07:49

      Hey, well you guys had better start packing then. Not so? Bye now.

      Luckybugger - 2011-04-15 08:34

      daaivark,when one has had grandparents, two aunts and a uncle slaughtered by the Mou Mou in Kenya with the liberation in the early sixties, it is maybe not a bad idea

      Meanleader - 2011-04-15 15:19

      Daaivark ... you sarcasm is misplaced and hypocritical son . You are one mixed up Dutchman ! we have all seen your other comments slating the criminals in power !

  • BraStevovo - 2011-04-15 06:37

    Nothing will come off it, what has this government of Accumulation, Cronyism, Nepotism(ANC) being doing to us is morally wrong!! What happened to Mr two Beemers-Spiwo Nyanda and his ilk?? But what goes around comes around, mzala, we are gatvol!!

  • Ozman - 2011-04-15 06:43

    election election time

  • DiePriester - 2011-04-15 07:25

    The pig is optging for disability pension. ANC will make the public believe he was sacked (please vote for us), while he will be regulary visiting the girlfriend with his (our tax)"disibality" pension.

  • DiePriester - 2011-04-15 07:25

    The pig is optging for disability pension. ANC will make the public believe he was sacked (please vote for us), while he will be regulary visiting the girlfriend with his (our tax)"disibality" pension.

  • DiePriester - 2011-04-15 07:25

    The pig is optging for disability pension. ANC will make the public believe he was sacked (please vote for us), while he will be regulary visiting the girlfriend with his (our tax)"disibality" pension.

  • DiePriester - 2011-04-15 07:32

    The pig is optging for disability pension. ANC will make the public believe he was sacked (please vote for us), while he will be regulary visiting the girlfriend with his (our tax)"disibality" pension.

  • daaivark - 2011-04-15 07:44

    Hmmm. The ANC is now going to showboat this particular instance and quite possibly nail him to the wall - after all he is supposedly already very sick and on the way out, so strategically no loss to the party. But very useful as a high profile scapegoat to deflect attention from the many many others who have been (and probably still are) lining their pockets. I agree. Investigate. Prosecute if necessary. But don't try and fool us into thinking that he is the only example of this behaviour. He is just the one that can be sacrificed. In all other cases the "It wasn't me" approach reigns supreme.

  • whiteass - 2011-04-15 07:48

    "The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind" what! You are very selective in your definition of corruption. Sicelo Shicela must be out of favor with Luthuli House

      Wacko - 2011-04-15 08:01

      What a joke , what about zuma.......................

  • whiteass - 2011-04-15 07:49

    "The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind" what! You are very selective in your definition of corruption. Sicelo Shicela must be out of favor with Luthuli House

  • Sage - 2011-04-15 07:53

    It's election time and this time it ain't no slam dunk! But the acid test is to see whether this investigation maintains its momentum after the elections. Question is; is Shiceka the sacrifice on the altar of continued ANC "rule" to appease the "not so loyal anymore" electorate or is it a genuine attempt to weed out the trash? Somehow I find find the former infinitely more credible than latter possibility.

  • Sage - 2011-04-15 07:59

    It's election time and this time it ain't no slam dunk! But the acid test is to see whether this investigation maintains its momentum after the elections. Question is; is Shiceka the sacrifice on the altar of continued ANC "rule" to appease the "not so loyal anymore" electorate or is it a genuine attempt to weed out the trash? Somehow I find find the former infinitely more credible than latter possibility.

  • Iamwhy - 2011-04-15 08:15

    I reckon him and Shaik go to the same doctor.

  • Iamwhy - 2011-04-15 08:15

    I reckon him and Shaik go to the same doctor.

  • Kingsgate - 2011-04-15 08:30

    An election ploy........ And besides that, after stealing all the money he willget a handshake and a fat pension for the rest of his life and after he dies his family continues to benifit from his thieving. There is one sobering thought though.... the mighty shall fall.... look at Selibi, Mcbride

  • Sisie - 2011-04-15 09:04

    "The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind" - oh boy i really needed a good laugh this morning. So for the last 17 years the ANC government has been squeaky clean, with their moral high ground & ethics to die for. The government has an ethics committee but have to get approval for Lootfreely House. Something very screwy here. Good bye Shiceka your days are over one way or another. If you don't die soon expect a pen injection, like Majola.

      WCD - 2011-04-15 12:49

      Can he come and work in my garden.

  • somap2 - 2011-04-15 11:24

    "The ANC won't tolerate corruption of any kind," said ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu. Good. So what about the arms deals?

      Dave - 2011-04-15 13:27

      It's what you call selective tolerance. when it suites them they won't tolerate, probably cause i never invited Brian Sokutu along to the one and only.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-15 11:56

    shame he really must have fallen out of favour with the heads of organised crime

  • JOHNNYBRAVO - 2011-04-15 13:16

    and what will come of this? nothing. merely a propaganda exercise to make the anc look good BEFORE the elections!

  • HAggardGnome - 2011-04-15 16:29

    When you've looked at Shiceka's affairs, how about casting a glance at our president, My Lovepants' affairs too?

  • Simpiwe Cele - 2011-04-15 18:01

    A step in the right direction , a show of leadership , rid the ANC of corruption and wasteful spending of tax payers monies , VIVA a NEW breed of ANC leadership VIVA !

      GrannyC - 2011-04-18 10:10

      What on earth are you smoking??? You say "Viva a NEW breed of ANC leadership VIVA" - where's the new leadership??? The so called New Breed is still the old breed, a rapist, corrupt and lying git, yes I am talking about Zuma, who you refer to as a NEW breed, what a laugh! the only reason Zuma is looking into the matter is to make him look good before elections durr!

  • bryan hurd - 2011-04-15 23:58

    Likely he will get an increase,then become ambassador somewhere,according to press reports ALL dept are corrupt right to the top ,so this regime cannot really change its only path is continue as is,and accelerate the stealing to gain as much as possible before the inevitable collapse.

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  • Concerned - 2011-04-19 14:49

    I am sure President Zuma wants to deal with corruption and crime, but he does not have the guts as he has his own buggage, arms deal case which he was not cleared from and other immoral issues at hand. therefore, he is a bad position. We cannot trust him to be firm about dealing with corruption in a positive manner.

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