Protector may probe Zille govt tender

2011-08-21 17:57

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will decide this week whether to investigate a communications tender in the Western Cape, her spokesperson said on Sunday.

The tender, worth between R50m and R70m awarded to agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, is a two year contract for the development and implementation of a brand and communications strategy for the Western Cape government.

Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said the case was currently under assessment to determine whether an investigation was necessary.

The Sunday Times reported that the Western Cape provincial treasury had found a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender.

Premier Helen Zille told the paper she believed the tender process had been "transparent, fair, equitable, competitive and cost-effective".

"I said we had nothing to hide, and requested the auditor general to conduct a tender process audit," she said.

  • I Like Everything - 2011-08-21 18:03

    I like Helen Zille and I like the public protector

      DerpyHooves - 2011-08-21 18:13

      I like that you like Helen Zille and the public protector.

      James Weather - 2011-08-21 18:30

      No corruption here .... But investigate none the less, it will give the DA supporters the confirmation they always knew .... that this isn’t a plundering political party!

      ZACommentator - 2011-08-21 18:44

      Good. Helen will be cleared. In the initial report the Sunday Crimes made up a figure of over a billion. It would be interesting to see who wrote this and where the information came from.

      frangelico - 2011-08-21 18:59

      Helen Zille is not Zuma,Malema,Cele etc,etc,etc.She is an honest person trying to do an honest job,if she resigns there will be a massive a massive regret among her supporters.U are the one. Helen Pls weather the storm

      p3t3 p0mp13$ - 2011-08-22 07:41

      If the name was TBWA Bantu, would that be a problem?

      Steen - 2011-08-22 10:00

      Something is wrong and we will find out very soon.

  • Grant - 2011-08-21 18:10

    This investigation (if undertaken) will turn up nothing untoward. This is just wasting yet more tax payer money by needlessly investigating what was obviously no more than an unfounded smear campaign in an attempt to distract attention from anc/malema/zooma shenanigans!

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-21 18:33

      @Farmworker - you really should do yourself a favour and start using the brain you were born with and not the propaganda that is fed to you by the ANCriminal Syndicate. When you do this, you'll start seeing what an ignorant moron you actually are. Think about this (if it's possible) .... if Zille did anything wrong, why on earth would SHE ask the public protector to investigate HER????? Think, use your head. Try and see life outside of your racist four walls, dumbass!

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-21 18:19

    Helen Zille ASKED the public protector to investigate her!!! Pity the ANC doesn't do this but then they won't because they have too much to hide. Viva Helen Zille Viva. Show them the way it's done. Ready to eat your words VrotVeg? I think a public apology from you is going to be demanded, girlie.

      Indomitable Momo - 2011-08-22 08:05

      Absolute rubbish. Zille did not ask the protector to investigate her. Stop making The Madam out to be some sort of saint because she's the last great white hope.

      Julian - 2011-08-22 08:44

      Indomitable Momo, you are lying. Zille DID ask the Public Protector to investigate.

      Steen - 2011-08-22 10:02

      Is the Public Protector and Auditor General the same?

      Mike - 2011-08-22 13:08

      @Steen - you so kleva - you tell us the difference!

  • John - 2011-08-21 18:39

    Oh please! This does not bode well for the independence of the Public Protectors Office. This is just a desperate ANC exerting political pressure on public officials to try and make the DA look bad. Everyone knows that Hellen Zille is squeaky clean and the ANC polititians can't handle that because it makes them look bad. Everywhere you look in government ANC officials are involved in corruption.

      tryanything - 2011-08-21 18:54

      They must do and complete the quickly as possible........We need to see if they can get it done before the Hawks can do the one on Malema. My bet is on Thuli finishing on first......Not much to find though...Malemas will take longer.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-21 19:05

      On the contrary, it reinforces that the PP is there to serve ALL. Let her shine a light on the truth, wherever it is to be found.

  • Ian - 2011-08-21 18:49

    did they investigate the fat jellitot for fraud and corruption, NOPE, leave that to the hawks of cos, one thing for certain if the scorpions had there way, juliassss would be keeping big baba company long ago

  • braamc - 2011-08-21 18:59

    Full confidence. Let us open ANC tenders, wait can never. F???????? filthy fat trash.

  • Blue - 2011-08-21 19:00

    Of course she will...I mean how can we possibly allow the DA to get away with a few mil...when the anc government is getting away with billions?? It seems only fair to ensure that the voters out there know that the DA COULD also be corrupt...we cannot allow the anc to be all alone in the firing can we?

  • minimac - 2011-08-21 19:03

    when has the ANC asked to be audited? when has any ANC official offered to resign if any wrongdoing is found? they just try cover it up with fancy lawyers and bribes. people that live in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-08-21 19:04

    Excellent news. Allegations have been made, let the Protector tell us if they have merit. I see no reason for the DA to fear this, or oppose it.

  • lance ANCY - 2011-08-21 19:12

    Lets wait and see......but Helen not all goody goody all the time! Politics a nasty game! People now discover they were used for their more bread for them from the DA! They are suffering in the WC.

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-08-21 19:28

      "They" are suffering a damn sight more in the other eight provinces.

      Mike - 2011-08-22 13:12

      The suffering you talk about is brought about by the ANCircus who tries to govern. If in your opinion the WC is suffering under the DA - then pray, tell me about the rest of SA! Dumb ass.

  • Osman - 2011-08-21 19:19

    @farmworker should shut his piehole

      Mike - 2011-08-22 13:13

      He can't close his pie-hole as he does not have one - he only has one orifice - and that's between his legs!

  • tcCarla - 2011-08-21 20:33

    Funny how fast the can react on such news concerning the DA. We hear about a lot such tenders from ANC members, but no investigation or does it just not make the news?

  • Themba - 2011-08-21 20:35

    First of all m not going to hide and call myself some stupid name, this is my country of birth, I don see why people hide when commenting on this media. Why everyone fond of Zille and her whatever, finds it odd that the Public Protector is considering a notion of investigating Zille's admin? After all that's the game da always enjoy playing, that is public cheap politics that has anything to do with embarrassing the leaders of the Mighty ANC. Or is it that whites still think of an old order that 'No, you cant say baas is wrong, or corrupt', its no longer like that, and whites need to grow out of this thick skin of thinking that the wont be challenged.

      me - 2011-08-21 20:56

      Don't talk about thick skin, rather look in the mirror and do something about your thick skull!!

      Charlie - 2011-08-21 21:30

      Actually the "whites" don't object to the investigation, the DA rule with good governance, unlike the corrupt "Mighty ANC" ...and get over yourself there's just as many people of colour that support the DA!!!

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-21 23:21

      Themba,suggestion: hide your details. You just confirmed that you are quite limited and this conversation is way beyond you.

      fraidycat - 2011-08-22 12:04

      Shame @Themba - you should rather hide your name because this conversation has just passed you by. We, we are happy that the PP wants to test an investigation issue for the DA, as this will confirm that the DA knows how to lead with integrity. Your "mighty ANC" has shown time and again that they are corrupt, ill disciplined and greedy. Now you guys with your inferiority complex must go sit in a corner, so that the people who want to make this country a success are allowed a try. We, yes, we, do not need the likes of racist numbskulls like you! And unlike you, I did not need to throw out the race card...

      Mike - 2011-08-22 13:18

      Themba - does the "New Age" not have a column for you to write to, instead of wasting your time here amongst the intelectuals - you see you do not fit in at all. Maybe you should go and see an optician so that you can see more clearly what your beloved ANCircus are really up to.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-08-21 20:37

    Some interesting facts about the DA; It is important to note that: * 58% of staff at the DA’s National Head Office and 53% of staff country-wide are previously disadvantaged South Africans * 64% of DA employees are women. Most Executive Directors and Provincial Directors are women. * Some of the DA’s top black staff members and managers were elected as public representatives following this year’s local election. Party rules prohibit them from being both staff members and public representatives. * The DA is currently going through a process of restructuring which includes a process of further staff diversification. * The DA’s Young Leaders Programme is designed to contribute to achieving the DA’s twin goals of excellence and diversity in both the appointment of staff and the election of public office-bearers. The DA cherishes diversity because diversity adds strength, adds insight, adds value, to each decision we make and every initiative we take. The DA will continue to strive for diversity in its ranks as it prepares for Election 2014. Statement by James Selfe Chairperson of the DA Federal Council

      SAtheBest - 2011-08-21 22:23

      And Zille has just appointed an all white team of directors. Where is that statistic in your list of facts.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-21 22:43

      @farmworker @SAtheBest If I was either of you two supporters of the ANCrime Syndicate, I'd be keeping very quiet. Your thieving, corrupt ANC have stolen TRILLIONS, (can you comprehend the amount?) so I'd be very quiet before I even dreamed of pointing a finger at the DA! You're the creeps that will egg on your flatnoses!

  • Philip Alexander - 2011-08-21 21:11

    I like both too; the fact that both these women are ethical, honest and transparent - amazing how some ANC leaders and officials (like Lynne Brown, puhleese) have tried to foreground this as corrupt mismansgement. Meanwhile, ....... thank you, Helen, for not insisting that you or the DA get special treatment. The ANC has a lot to learn.

  • johns54 - 2011-08-21 21:16

    And the 'public protector' remains silent on every ANC issue!!! WTF

      SAtheBest - 2011-08-21 22:21

      Is Malema not ANC issue?

      Mike - 2011-08-22 13:21

      @SAtheBest - Malema is ANC tissue!

  • SAtheBest - 2011-08-21 21:53

    These double standard commentary on news 24 website is laughable. The same people with their ignorant views automaticly think when its any ANC member/politician = 100% guilty, but when it's about a DA member/politican = 100% not guilty, no matter what the facts are. How can any rationale person take these biase comments seriously. I wonder what the demographics are of the people on the website... I have a very good idea thought of what it probably is.

      Douglas - 2011-08-22 09:23

      @SAtheBest: Why is it so difficult for you to form an opinion based on actual facts or statistics. Cape Town led by the DA has proven to be the best run province in the country, no doubt. Is it possible that the ANC are not will to adopt this model because the leader of the DA is white? or is it because she is a woman? Is it not better to put your differences aside and do what's best for the people of your country, and adopt the policies and moral ethics of a party that does actually work. My opinion is based on fact and not skin colour or ethnic discrimination.

      fraidycat - 2011-08-22 12:13

      Here we go again - teh same old dried up white vs black inferiority issues. Rather think - the ANC and their members normally, ussually and actually are always guilty, so we all expect that from them. Then along comes a politician who actually asks to be what a breath of fresh air. Now if all the ANC fatcats are willing to do exactly that - then maybe the public opinion of them will change! Maybe I am reading a different set of comments, but almost everybody here states that the DA and Zille must be investigated, so that the truth can come out. I am sure all of us, no matter demographics, want our money to be properly spent and we want to know on what and to whom and why. @SAtheBest I really hope that you are not suggesting that any of us expect less than the best from the people working for us! We have no rulers, we have public servants...

  • SAtheBest - 2011-08-21 21:54

    @ PinkAndProud: so I gues Zille's explanation may not be good enough overall.

  • Puppet Master - 2011-08-21 22:00

    I am really suprised, it takes LESS than a week to announce a possible probe, which is fine by me, but why does it take YEARS to even consider a probe in the opposite party?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-21 23:19

    Zille did say that she will resign if the tender-process was faulty. The lady knows her stuff! Bring it on. The question is -- can JZ,Maleme,Cele,Floyd,Matsepe,Sexwale,or the fat cousins that destroyed Aurora mine and 5000 workers say the same?? Well done to Madonsela & McIntosh!

  • yashodadulal.TKG - 2011-08-21 23:34

    Here's the thing... Helen Zille on her own is sooo good.. but with the anc around, gosh... she looks utterly brilliant!

  • Mnumzane - 2011-08-22 07:29

    To me this investigation is not about Hellen Zille but it is about the Govt of Western Cape. So let us not personalise it. Lets wait for the Public Protector to start her investigation and see if those who where involved in negotiating the tender did get any kickbacks. I hope after the PP, SARS will start with the lifestyle audit for those who were involved in the negotiations.

  • p3t3 p0mp13$ - 2011-08-22 07:40

    If the agency name was TBWA Bantu, would that be a problem

  • capetonian - 2011-08-22 07:48

    I have no problem with that! That's the way it should be! But I can't wait to hear the outcome of investigations into Malema's affairs by the Hawks and SARS!! His political end is nigh and hopefully he might do some jail time to!

  • Sammy - 2011-08-22 07:53

    I am quite sure Ms Zille is losing no sleep over this intended audit.Lets be fair and also open up the arms deal,amount of people implicatted in travelgate paying their ill gotten gains back,the Land Bank debacle,how long the drunk judge will get paid his salary,how many commission reports need to be acted on,the list is endless the Protector will need to employ more investigators (not cadres) to help.

      Sammy - 2011-08-22 08:03

      I am quite sure @helenzille is losing no sleep over this intended audit.Lets be fair and also open up the arms deal,amount of people implicatted in travelgate paying their ill gotten gains back,the Land Bank debacle,how long the drunk judge will get paid his salary,how many commission reports need to be acted on,the list is endless the Protector will need to employ more investigators (not cadres) to help.

  • capetonian - 2011-08-22 07:55

    The quality of the negative comments on this subject go a long way to showing the level of ignorance that exists out there about how a functioning democracy works. One of the reasons the ANC enjoy such an overwhelming majority as well as the cynical opportunism of many of its leaders!

  • John - 2011-08-22 09:28

    agree with james weather

  • donjuan - 2011-08-22 10:37

    TBWA Hunt Lascaris is one of the most prestigious and successful ad agencies in the world. Why on earth would they risk their entire reputation for a back hander, when they have more than enough business coming their way and are not looking to make a quick buck to buy a new BMW or house in Sandton, like some of the "new entrepeneurs" out there.

  • claudevn - 2011-08-22 10:39

    Well, let the Public Protector do an investigation too, Zille's willingness and open invitation to both the Public Protector and Auditor General shows the faith she possesses in her own Party. In the name of fairness, i would like the audit results to be published... Who knows? maybe a few ANC officials would perhaps read that report and could possibly learn from the DA's CORRECT methods of procuring and contracting services and goods for THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA!!! WRONG-DO-ERS!!! your time is slowly running out... This will not fly forever! Moreover, the South African people deserve better!!

  • amos - 2011-08-22 16:17

    Majority of the comments from a bunch of DA supporters...what a bunch of hypocrites...when " Western Cape provincial treasury had found a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender." the hypocrites say its OK.

  • amos - 2011-08-22 16:20

    Majority of the comments from a bunch of DA supporters...what a bunch of hypocrites...when " Western Cape provincial treasury had found a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender." the hypocrites say its OK.

  • Chibuli - 2011-08-22 20:39

    This is a smoke screen! The ANC invented corruption - they should be investigated for everything they do, and be answerable to the people for their actions.

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