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Politics and business don't mix - Cosatu

2011-09-08 09:07

Johannesburg - Politicians and state employees must be banned from having any business interests, Cosatu in Gauteng said on Wednesday.

"Our state employees as well as politicians must choose whether they want to serve the people or their business interests," Congress of SA Trade Unions' provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said.

Cosatu was reacting to a report in The Star that public servants had "milked" the Gauteng government of R26m by not declaring their interests in companies that were awarded tenders.

According to the report, parliament's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) had given Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane a month to act against the employees.

Scopa chairperson Sipho Makama said officials working in the departments of education, health and social development were pointed out.

Makama had urged Mokonyane to draft legislation that would stop officials from doing business with the provincial government.

Dakile said it was "shocking" that nothing had been done to stop civil servants from doing business with the state.

"Nothing has been done till this day to stop such practices and... people involved have not been arrested. The culprits are still being employed in government."

Dakile said Cosatu in the province wanted all those involved to be suspended with immediate effect and disciplinary action taken. It was also calling for all provincial governments around the country to be investigated.

Comments
  • Netherlander - 2011-09-08 09:12

    "I did not join the Struggle to remain POOR" does come to mind!!!! Same as EMOTIONS AND MONEY DOES NOT MIX!!!!!

      MikeLearview - 2011-09-08 11:57

      To my amazement, I fully agree with Dumisani Dakile. It's not often I find myself concurring with Cosatu.

      Together - 2011-09-08 13:34

      Dakile said it was "shocking" that nothing had been done to stop civil servants from doing business with the state. "Nothing has been done till this day to stop such practices and... people involved have not been arrested. The culprits are still being employed in government." I am very pleased that Dumisani Dakile has raised this question. At least 15 million people have been talking about this for longer than 5 years. The response? Shout at private sector CEO's, curtail Public Protector funds, stage a coup at Polokwane, imprison people for whistle-blowing, draw out corruption trials until they evaporate for lack of evidence, apply minds to issues that really need jail-time applied to them, keep convicted criminals on pay-rolls, grant convicted criminals medical golf paroles.... why is this all suddenly news to Cosatu? I'm not sure that a new round out talking, talking, talking is appropriate.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-09-13 23:48

      I WILL THROW IN ALL MY PRAYERS AND WEIGHT, EVEN MONEY IF I HAVE TO, TO SUPPORT COSATU ON THIS ONE!!!

  • 1gascan - 2011-09-08 09:14

    Did COSATU only wake up now?

      watyasay - 2011-09-08 09:17

      no

      ian.teall - 2011-09-08 09:22

      yeah,go figure! they must have a new member who has a Matric that figured that one out!

      Netherlander - 2011-09-08 09:27

      This "PRACTICE" has been ongoing since 1994 (Arms Deal).... and EVERY YEAR one of the "ALLIANCE PARTNERS" brings it up in the public domain... And EVERY YEAR IT GETS SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET!!!!!! USELESS..........THE LOT OF THEM!!!!

      Enigma - 2011-09-08 09:28

      A bit too late for that, the crooks have already made their millions even the COSATU members and now they want to close shop for the upcoming parties , bull. I'm planning on opening a free for all party so that we can also get on the gravy train and be tenderpreneures just like them.

      daaivark - 2011-09-08 09:36

      No. Vavi has been hinting at this view for some time.

      roboman1 - 2011-09-08 11:45

      No, they have voiced this opinion before, and if it's the first time you have noticed their opinion Mr. Rip Van Winkle 1gascan, then you have being dozing.

      Together - 2011-09-08 13:34

      Dakile said it was "shocking" that nothing had been done to stop civil servants from doing business with the state. "Nothing has been done till this day to stop such practices and... people involved have not been arrested. The culprits are still being employed in government." I am very pleased that Dumisani Dakile has raised this question. At least 15 million people have been talking about this for longer than 5 years. The response? Shout at private sector CEO's, curtail Public Protector funds, stage a coup at Polokwane, imprison people for whistle-blowing, draw out corruption trials until they evaporate for lack of evidence, apply minds to issues that really need jail-time applied to them, keep convicted criminals on pay-rolls, grant convicted criminals medical golf paroles.... why is this all suddenly news to Cosatu? I'm not sure that a new round out talking, talking, talking is appropriate.

  • Willie_G - 2011-09-08 09:16

    Is there still a tri-partheid alliance? It seems Cosatu is always raising VALID issues and concerns that are in turn swept under the carpet by the ruling party?? It should be in principle that those "civil servants" found guilty of any tenderpreneuring should be barred from active civil servant duty and pursue their business interest in a LEGAL manner like all other private companies not benefiting from cadre tenders.. Balance the business playing field and maybe corruption could be decreased and jobs created!

      Together - 2011-09-08 13:36

      Sleight of hand - keep the voters running from one 'saviour' to another. Not fooled by what anyone SAYS anymore, only by what they DO. And what Cosatu is DOING to business and jobs in SA is short-sighted and destructive.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-08 09:31

    You can be a business person and still serve the people in a political capacity. The mere fact that the squealing comes from Cosatu is reason for suspicion about the motives. Take the business people out and fill the positions with those members of society who have proven themselves as useless and as failures. In other words, only Cosatus and communists to fill the posts. Not everybody in this country is so blind that they can't see through the hypocrites. Cosatu should rather work to clean the trade unions under its influence of the violent and intimidating elements.

      Together - 2011-09-08 13:37

      agreed - clean your own house.

      crackerr - 2011-09-08 15:14

      @ david.komplaats If you don't try to be overly clever you will understand exactly what my comment means. Don't complicate a perfectly valid and simple position with linguistic nonsense. What you say is so silly and childish. Any fool knows it. Re-read my comment and stick to the context. It makes perfect sense.

  • tut - 2011-09-08 09:33

    Off course they do! If you are an elite corrupt ANC official you can make millions and then blame whites for the lack of opportunities for blacks! Ask showerhead.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-08 09:35

    I agree 100%.

  • Sportsjunky - 2011-09-08 09:36

    Cosatu is always blowing the whistle on the ANC but they will vote for them. Its like going back to the husband that beats you. If Cosatu really want to make a statement and not just take they must withdraw their support from the ANC and back another party to chip away at the 66% support the ruling party enjoys. I think come next election we might see the landscape of voter distribution change. hopefully the ANC support declines to at least 50%

  • Peter James Erasmus - 2011-09-08 09:38

    WOW!!! COSATU has some people with brains. not that it will change anything with Government employees milking our TAX money. And why only Gauteng i would think Limpopo government employees milk more.

  • Nzx - 2011-09-08 09:49

    A recent study by a major SA bank found that 85 % of public money eventually make it into the pockets of white owned business in SA. Cosatu, and the ANC, not a good look that, after17 years of black political control, the SA white sector is still in ultimate control. The conclusions can be - superior white brainpower , or black stupidity, or a combination of these . Looking at this analyses, Malema has a very valid point when he states that the ANC has failed the cause of those who freed the ANC, the black youth.

      Willie_G - 2011-09-08 09:56

      Who commissioned the study and where can we also view those figures?

      crackerr - 2011-09-08 10:36

      Details of that study please. We must NEVER believe controversial facts stated here - especially if it is about race - without the sources. And we should check the sources for ourselves. Experience of these pages should very quickly make one aware of the lies and distortions posted here. Even the alleged sources sometimes don't even say remotely what the comments allege. So, Nzx, your source please. We can take it from there. PUBLIC money?

      Boerseun - 2011-09-08 12:06

      Please publish that details....we do not beleive anything without substantial proof.

      Together - 2011-09-08 13:38

      Sleight of hand - keep the voters running from one 'saviour' to another. Not fooled by what anyone SAYS anymore, only by what they DO.

      david.klompas - 2011-09-08 13:55

      I would also like to know some details. I won't believe your post until I've been able to judge the study with my own eyes.

      Nkalakatha - 2011-09-14 09:31

      @Nzx: Dont know where you come from bru/sister if what you say is true, then surely the ANC government is to blame if they "allow" that us blacks stay behind in favour of the minority !??? I think you took a wild guess/thumb suck this story of yours !!

  • The Gecko - 2011-09-08 09:51

    What they should do is to re-instate the pre-1994 law that banned all public servants (From the garbage man to the president) from having any other business interests. Oh, and start calling them "Public Servants" again, instead of "Public Officials". Might remind them that their job is to serve the public...

      Nkalakatha - 2011-09-14 09:34

      Agreed, money only makes people crazy....and the more they have the more they want!

  • Charles Kane - 2011-09-08 09:51

    Viva Vavi!

  • Shane - 2011-09-08 09:54

    How is it everytime I submit a quote for a government dept. ie. SAPS or SANDF I have to fill in a declaration that myself nor my immediate family are employed by the state. Shouldn't that be applied to every tender document issued? Makes one wonder how fair and ethical this government really are.

      Nkalakatha - 2011-09-14 09:57

      Shane: You must challenge them on that, write to their Ministries, if no response report to the President's hotline/ Public Protector. It is against the regulations for any official to submit tender form without the approval of the Head of Institution/Municipalities/ Government Departments. If an official serves on such committee then he/she must recuse themselves if their family members have tendered. Officials themselves will not be granted any tenders, if permission is granted then it will go with srtict terms and conditions and of course SARS will be notified !! If done correctly then most officials decline to tender because of all the strict rules attached to it. BUT corrupt elements (seniors) will always find short cuts to cut the red tape !!

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-09-08 10:06

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  • nowinlondon - 2011-09-08 10:10

    I can hardly be called a Cosatu fan, but this makes perfect sense. Well spoken lads!

  • ZeDon - 2011-09-08 10:11

    Just like unions & government don't mix either?

  • emmanuel - 2011-09-08 10:21

    BLACK POWER FAILED US...WAKE UP MY PIPS

  • Stevie - 2011-09-08 11:22

    Dear News24, The title of this article is embarrassingly misleading. Please try harder. Thank you.

  • Boerseun - 2011-09-08 12:05

    I agree with Cosatu, but it should be added that unions, business and politics also do not mix well.

  • CTS - 2011-09-08 13:49

    A-ha! So the Apartheid regime was not so 'dof', after all!

      Enigma - 2011-09-08 14:25

      Hosh Cape Town Scorpion hoe sal 'n man kom wys raak wie's jy?

  • Watblyoor - 2011-09-08 16:43

    Hear hear!

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-09-13 23:47

    I WILL THROW IN ALL MY PRAYERS AND WEIGHT, EVEN MONEY IF I HAVE TO, TO SUPPORT COSATU ON THIS ONE!!!

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  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-14 09:22

    They should do it across the board not only in Gauteng !! No wonder you see clerks driving all of a sudden with expensive german cars and they are staying in golf estates......

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