Public works implements protector's advice

2011-08-26 14:20

Johannesburg - The public works minister has no intention of challenging the public protector's report on two questionable leases in court and was already implementing its recommendations, the department said on Friday.

"For the record, the minister [Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde] has no intention to ask the courts to review the public protector's report," spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said in a statement.

"In fact, the minister has already made a public pronouncement that the report of the public protector was well-received by her and the department of public works (DPW) and that she respects the office of the public protector.

"In this regard, the minister is currently implementing the recommendations of the public protector," he said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her first report, "Against the Rules", in February, in which she found a multimillion-rand lease for new Pretoria police headquarters to be unlawful and invalid.

She released a second report, titled "Against the Rules Too", in July, on the lease of Durban's Transnet building to the police,

Madonsela recommended that President Jacob Zuma take action against Mahlangu-Nkabinde for failing to co-operate with a probe into the two leases.

Action against employees

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele was also chastised as the accounting officer for the leases signed for the police with businessman Roux Shabangu.

Mkhwanazi said Mahlangu-Nkabinde had already met with the ministers of finance and public service and administration to discuss taking action against department employees who had allegedly broken the law regarding the leases.

She also introduced a six-month moratorium on new tenders so that supply chain management systems could be independently audited to identify weaknesses.

They were training technical staff on the Public Finance Management Act, Treasury regulations and other prescripts on procurement, as well as reviewing contracts and centralising them with the legal services unit.

Other plans included the review and reconstitution of the National Bid Adjudication Committee to ensure legal compliance regarding government procurement.

At her request, the justice department and the Treasury sent her names of people who could be seconded to her department to ensure transparency and fairness.

A submission on the recruitment of specialist property lawyers to deal with large-scale transactions had also been finalised.

The department would review the delegation of powers to junior officials to reduce high-finance risk, and would institute a skills and qualifications audit of senior managers to see whether the department had the right skills and knowledge for the various job functions so that it could work effectively.

The department would also discuss the possibility of formulating a policy around building accommodation for client departments above the procurement of long-term leases of lower-grade buildings.

  • willieman - 2011-08-26 14:25

    Crap she should resign,the spinning is whole lot of bull dung.Pass the buck blame juniors in the department.For pete's sake she is the ceo

      BigMoose - 2011-08-26 14:34

      Crap, she should be fired!

      nosiphom - 2011-08-26 15:18

      And how would she then live if she resigns or gets "fired"! As you all know anyway, the ministers who get "fired" are just moved to other posts within government, either as embassadors or attaches or something - we never gain anything as the taxpayers.

      Dominic - 2011-08-26 16:34

      The whole purpose of AA/BEE is to give people high-paying jobs regardless of their competence or integrity. How can they be held accountable? That could only happen if they'd got their positions based on merit.

      James Weather - 2011-08-26 18:04

      WE WANT HER FIRED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And all the others involved !!!!!!!!!!! These are crooks .... They have been bust!!!! How dare Mr Zuma keep them in charge of spending our money ....

  • Cynix - 2011-08-26 14:40

    Like Amy sang 'Oh no,no,no (not before I get my bonus!) Explain to these morons the disinction between responsible and accountable. You're accountable and the weakest link Gwen - goodbye!

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-26 14:58

    Goodbye Gwen. Do the right thing and resign. Better still, do the right thing and stop wearing that stupid hat. It honestly doesn't suit you as it was designed for women with european features. On your head it looks like part of a salad bar.

  • halfbee - 2011-08-26 15:36

    to discuss taking action against department employees who had allegedly broken the law regarding the leases. Yeah sure, why not take action against the Commiss and Minister instead of the poor employees who were steam rolled....WTF is going on in this Country?????

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-26 15:44

    Just a smack on the wrist. Cadres don't fire cadres.

  • Bok Fan - 2011-08-26 15:48

    Why isnt she taking the knock and whats happening to the leases. I suppose we'll be told that they are signed an sealed so thats that.

  • abg100 - 2011-08-26 17:15

    Give the b#%h credit-shes got a vivid imagination-should go into fiction writing.If any hollywood directors see this ,she could be asked to write a new version od GRIMMS FAIRYTALES

  • JadedJay - 2011-08-26 17:16

    What the hell is happening to this fat b@tch and Cele? Thats ALL I want to know.

      abg100 - 2011-08-26 17:19

      Shes getting a big increase-hes ngot a whole hospital wing

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-26 17:32

    She is getting paid to do the above from the beginning!

  • letsee - 2011-08-27 07:28

    Will the wrongs be undone and redone or will they remain? If they remain then a possible ulterior objective was achieved and the minister's decision is irrelevant.

  • Vince York - 2011-08-27 17:57

    Justice will only be seen to be done ONCE LENGTHY JAIL TIME has been awarded to and served by the criminals. South African Citizens deserve JUSTICE to be carried out and no more political interference!

  • pages:
  • 1