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Nzimande upset over corruption coverage

2012-02-21 21:01

Cape Town - Reports on corruption by South Africa's media are often not a "reflection of the truth", Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande told MPs on Tuesday.

Responding in the National Assembly to members' statements on government's tackling of corruption, he said it was necessary to distinguish between efforts that were reported and those that were not.

"I think it's important that in this House we do not allow narrow opposition propaganda to distort the truth.

"We must distinguish between activities of corruption that are reported by the media; and actions that are taken by government to expose corruption, which does not appear in the media."

There had been many corruption investigations instigated by government, through the special investigating unit (SIU).

"What often the media says in this country is not the reflection of the truth. And often it is in line with what the opposition is saying," Nzimande said.

Last week, President Jacob Zuma told the House that South Africa was the only country with a "programme" to fight corruption.

Replying to points raised in the National Assembly during debate on his state of the nation address, he said it was "important to emphasise that most of the corruption you read about in the media is exposed as a result of the work of government and its agencies".

"What we should remember is that South Africa is the only country that has a programme to fight corruption. It's not being fought anywhere else," Zuma said.

"And that's why you can't read about corruption in other countries. It's a reality. South Africa has a programme to fight corruption and it is fighting it."

Zuma told the House at the time that the anti-corruption task team, consisting of representatives from security agencies, was investigating 45 corruption-related priority cases against 151 people.

Assets of more than R600m had been seized, and more than R1bn worth of assets obtained through illicit means had been forfeited in the past two years.

In addition, the SIU was probing cases arising from 23 proclamations, relating mainly to procurement irregularities in government departments nationally, provincially, and also in some public enterprises.

Comments
  • lance.trent.kilkenny - 2012-02-21 21:10

    where there's smoke, there's fire!

      Godfrey - 2012-02-21 21:29

      Yes, like placing some on special leave with FULL PAY and then report they took action...LOL

      Chris - 2012-02-21 21:42

      Ja sure blade.

      Sharon - 2012-02-21 22:11

      I think their track record speaks for itself - its all tumbling down.

      Joe - 2012-02-22 06:09

      The minister is upset because the truth is causing severe discomfort. What is being reported in the media is exactly a reflection of the truth. In fact it is quite possible that the media only reports on a fraction of corruption. The rest is still under wraps. This is exactly why they want the secrecy bill. If what is published in the media is not truthful why does government not prove them wrong? Intentions or effort to fight corruption does not count. Calls for corruption to end does not count. Action resulting in tangible results count. Top government officials have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, what has happened - That's right, absolutely nothing! The higher up in government they are and/or the more connected the more likely they will walk free. They will also keep their loot. One thing's for sure, this government's claims that they're caring about the poor is nonsense. Sure, there are honorable people that are part of government, they just don't have enough influence to make a difference.

  • Ben - 2012-02-21 21:12

    It would be better for some to hide all the reports about corruption in government but not for the poor. Whose side are you on?

  • mariuskowie - 2012-02-21 21:17

    Nzimande is basically saying that the media is not responsible for discovering all the known corruption. "There had been many corruption investigations instigated by government, through the special investigating unit (SIU)." How deep is this ANC regime's corruption?

  • Craig - 2012-02-21 21:19

    What is the point of the article? What are you trying to say?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-21 21:35

      Craig: The headline says "Nzimande upset over corruption coverage". He is very upset because the media does not give sufficient coverage of the ANC's efforts at corruption. Only isolated cases are reported on, and many, which took a lot of planning and which are testimony to great initiative and daring, are ignored. He is also upset that, because of media reporting on corruption, so many government officials have been fired without retention of benefits over the past two years.

      Tony - 2012-02-22 06:25

      You don't understand his? Really??

  • SaintBruce - 2012-02-21 21:34

    He's right ! The 'Truth' is far, far WORSE and he must have an inside track to be in a position to say that!

  • Piet - 2012-02-21 21:40

    1 Billion seconds ago it was 1981. your government has wasted 25 billion due to corruption...

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 21:49

      Pls expand for the benefit of all we the unenlightened

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-02-21 21:41

    My word but Blade has a thin skin

  • Piet - 2012-02-21 21:45

    1 Billion seconds ago it was 1981. your government has wasted 25 billion due to corruption...

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-21 21:53

    I cannot believe that this Nzimande has any brains at all. DO THEY MAKE THIS STUFF UP? He is meant to be an educated and informed person! Infintile party drivel - they are being framed by the media! SA the only country fighting corruption - total rubbish!

  • Paul - 2012-02-21 22:00

    Well maybe the ANC/GOV should be more focused on service delivery,stop having meeting after meeting and jetting round the country with blue light brigade in tow, living it up in fancy hotels and looking down on the poor from their ivory towers at the Michelangelo Suites with lavish room service. Blaming everyone else for the situation. How many departments are now under administration ? The telephone and fax was sufficient in the old days. Being employed means you actually have to do some work, have integrity and moral standing. Not conjure up grand schemes to fleece the tax payer to make fat cat politicians. Who think the people answer to them!! Sorry to say but the public is tired of hearing of billions "lost" Yet still the ANC is true it colors YELLOW AND SPINELESS. Seriously it must be about time that somebody takes responsibility. Pointing fingers at distorted facts still don't comfort the poor ,protect the victims heinous crimes. Still doesn't make anyone sleep better at night. Then again we have a traffic department but no traffic cops, only camera enforcement specialists, An air force that cant even fly its planes , Water dept that drags its heels when acid water is a threat. Hospitals under staffed/equipped and dirty and so on .. I am sorry the news ain't good, this is not the voters doing it's all on the GOV. The bad press is a result of bad government. So shut up and do something and stop blaming your own bad image and get of you fat cat arse

  • Jacques - 2012-02-21 22:01

    yes blade first we blamed apartheid for everything including corruption and now we blame the media. Maybe it is time for the ANC to take the blame. IF the media reports on corruption and the ANC does not state and report yes we know and yes we have fired the person than who is at fault. Also Blade lets be honest how many corrupt officials have been convicted and still in theri position or has been given a higher post. You just need to look at Winnie. Convicted but still invloved. O yes what about the travelgate saga. How many peole was fired and how many is still sitting with positions. Sorry Blade the ANC has been exposed a long time ago and the fact is corruption can not die as there is to many people having to cover for each other. Who are you covering Blade.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 22:02

    Its a fact that corruption exist as it exist everywhere in the world and as it existed during apartheid. What set this government apart is that it is not in denial it actual has a programme to fight corruption. What is funny is that the small areas where DA is governing there is corruption and they are in denial. I wonder if they were governing many araes what would have been the extent of their corruption. Meyersdal (improper collection tender) Overberg municipality (Mayor took a person oversees trip) Western Cape government (Coetzee with an advertising tender) Riversdale (Municipal manager requesting a donation for part issues). If the ANC was doing a proper opposition function a lot could have been uncovered.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 22:21

      You seem very informed as to where curroption has occured in the DA governed areas Mzwandile. I cant and wont approve of it in any municipality and i hope that the DA has taken the lead to prosecute the living crap out of the offenders.Do u know what happened to these offenders after the facts came to light, are they still in their posts on full pay or not.As a DA voter i would be severely pissed if we did not as a party in opposition strip them of all their benefits. That said would you like to list the PAGES AND PAGES AND PAGES of the names of corrupt dealings perpetrated by the current ruling party cadres that have gone unprosecuted.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-21 22:43

      Except the Riversdale matter the MM has been fired, all of the others its investigation and no actions taken about the people. This is beside the point, for me the point is corrupt knows no party and no colour. Once people are in power the temptation to corruption is there. Personally I welcome the expose' of corrupt activities of people in government or parastates by the media and other means. The ANC has acknowledge the extent of the problem, there only thing it need to do is to move with speed to fully implement the anti corruption programmes and act with no mercy to perpetrators. I agree at times one is left with a feeling that there is no political will to act decisively when perpetrators are cought.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 23:14

      We will both have to wait in anticipation Mzwandile to see what will come of these lofty ideals of anti corruption programmes.Perhaps in the meanwhile we should consider our next move when time comes to make use of the hard fought opportunity to elect our officials,we should discuss this seiously amongst our peers and families in our homes,churches and anywhere else the good people of our country be lest we squander this gift of the ballot that many died for. Evil persists when good men(and woman) do nothing

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-02-21 22:09

    Ag Blade, stop talking crap. There is some medication to increase brain capacity. Get yourself some. There is still a lot of intellegent people in South Africa.

      John - 2012-02-22 05:43

      Capacity doesn't equals qualities....just a short note. How long those inteligent people will wait for this "bright future" is the dilemma.

  • Ronald - 2012-02-21 22:18

    Blade, the numbers you mention only covers a fraction of the R600-800 BILLION estimated to be unaccounted for mentioned in a memo circulated in parliament during 2010. In the mean time an additional R24 Billion was admitted to being wasted or missing. The sacrificial labs now being investigated will not be enough to pull the wool over the eyes of the voters.

  • Mano-Lee - 2012-02-21 22:20

    'Assets of more than R600m had been seized, and more than R1bn worth of assets obtained through illicit means had been forfeited in the past two years.' hmmmm... lets see... R500 billion in 17 years minus R1.6 billion... hmmm carry the one.... Oh, thats just leaves R498billion to go. Astounding!! Bravo... bravo i say!! A sterling job this effective anti corruption program the anc laud over

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-21 23:18

      The big gripe that we all have is the fact that those corrupt officials, Government, municipal and all others, when caught or a prima face ? case is raised, they are "suspended" with full pay and benefits". This should be changed and quickly. Where a suspected case of theft, corruption or tenderpreneurship is suspected the incumbant should be suspended sumilarly with no pay or other perks. Only if he is found "not guilty" in a departemental inquiry or in a court, can he then be rewarded with his back pay and what ever. This is the procedure in most countries, why should a thief be rewarded or paid while his case is being investigated. This procedure will go a long way in fighting corruption. Also.. if the government has a plan or a procedure to fight corruption..why dont they let us know what it is.. until then the public will just see it as empty words.. let us know what it is, then we can all work together.

  • luytster - 2012-02-21 23:02

    Whahahaha. Geez keep me old false teeth in before i choke on them. So Mr Blade give us us facts and figures and tell us how many of our fine public public servants are languishing in one of our fine jails at this moment in time for all this corruption that you are not happy about? The 500 k in a black rubish bag out the boot of a car has now been forgotten about?. Just to remind the forgetful public about it? this is a communist that drives 2X R700 000 taxpayers cars around receiving payments from trade unions in black rubish bags who has never been bought to book for his lifestyle!!

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-21 23:17

      absolute blatant hipocrite! How does he open his mouth without choking on his own car loads of stolen cash ... these people make me sick.

  • Spotty - 2012-02-21 23:57

    Who believes anything said by any ANC mouthpiece or spokesperson ? Why did they get rid of the Scorpions ? Why has Cele and Selebi not been jailed yet ?

  • comurray - 2012-02-22 07:33

    The only reason why corruption is now being tackled is because the cookie jar is now running on reserve. Everyone has lined their bottomless pit pockets to capacity. With not much more available it will give those government employees who were appointed many years ago time to return from long long leave to begin doing what they were employed to do in the first place.

  • Kgolane - 2012-02-23 11:59

    The main difference between ANC corruption and the Apartheid regimes corruption is that ... ANC corruption is broadcast in the media.

  • downsideforsure - 2012-04-23 15:37

    Will a genuinely true leader ever arise among Africans in Africa? Someone to take Africa out of the pettiness that is the business of current and former crop of leaders? How can so many hundreds of millions of people fail to produce a leader guided by rationality, austerity and rigor in dealing with issues and not take sides first before applying /his/her mind? At the rate in which other continents are developing Africa will be far behind in a hundred years or so. And we will blame imperialists and what not, failing to realize that the revolution that is carrying nations of the world forward has passed us by. And we act surprised at the erstwhile behaviours of the Malemas forgetting that they were nurtured in irrationality and self-conscious attempts to stifle the germination of thought.

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