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Zuma 'processing' police lease report

2011-08-07 22:15

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is systematically processing the public protector's report into two leases for new police headquarters, the presidency said on Sunday.

It was reacting to a Democratic Alliance claim made earlier in the day that Zuma had been silent on the matter and had not taken the appropriate action.

"In fact, the president made a speech to the media on August 4 that he was submitting a report to the speaker [of Parliament] on that same day," said presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

"This shows how seriously and systematically he is processing the public protector's report... that is because corruption is a serious problem in this country," he said.

Last month, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16bn over 10 years, and that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria, R604m over the same period.

Publicity-seeking stunt

The DA announced on Sunday that it had laid criminal charges against police chief General Bheki Cele, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, businessman Roux Shabangu, and Public Works Director General Siviwe Dongwana.

"It's a pity that the DA hasn't been able to get its basic facts right and has rushed for a publicity-seeking stunt," said Maharaj.

In a statement, DA federal chairperson Wilmot James and justice and constitutional development spokesperson Debbie Schafer said the charges laid against Cele had been brought under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Government Immovable Asset Management Act.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde had been accused of contravening the Public Protector Act by failing to co-operate with the public protector and continuing to implement the lease agreements.

Intimidation

The DA said it had also laid charges against her and Shabangu under the Intimidation Act for their treatment of Dongwana.

The party had laid charges against him for allegedly contravening PFMA and Treasury regulations by failing to report to the Treasury and the auditor general the reasons for deviating from a competitive tender process.

"We have waited for the president [Jacob Zuma] to take appropriate action, but after a long silence all that has been forthcoming was an announcement on Friday that he would submit his 'preliminary response' to the National Assembly next Friday, and that he believes there are 'some aspects that ... need further clarity'," said James and Schafer.

Although Zuma expressed support for Chapter Nine institutions and his commitment to transparency and good governance, he failed to act accordingly, they said.

Taking action

Zuma has reportedly accepted the protector's findings on the two leases and a recommendation of remedial action

The Sunday Tribune reported that he did so in a letter to Madonsela, according to her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi.

Madonsela was "happy" with the response, but had urged Zuma to take action.

She told the Sunday Tribune she expected Parliament to play an oversight role if no action was taken.

Masibi said Madonsela expected Zuma to "weigh the transgression and decide on the remedial action to be taken within a reasonable time frame".

She had given the department of public works and the police 30 days to submit action plans to her office and 60 days to implement remedial actions.

Comments
  • wombatingloves - 2011-08-07 20:59

    Zuma has been conspicuously quiet for the past while. He shows signs of a "leader" who is certainly not leading. With 783 charges "dropped" against him, he is the most corrupt of the whole bunch of thieves that run this country. No wonder his silence is deafening. Think we will need more than a miracle for our beautiful country to be destroyed completely by Lootfreely comrades. With no talk from Zuma about nationalisation, we seem certain to repeat the mistakes of Zimbabwe with little or no business activity & farms being turned to dust bowls!

      Neil - 2011-08-08 01:49

      I have no respect for him, he is a clown just like Malema. It is sad to know that even with the low level of education in SA, a school leaver is more qualified for the job then he is. He did not even finish high school.

      johan - 2011-08-08 07:31

      ZUMA IS AS IFFECTIVE AS A ONE LEGGED MAN IN A ARSE KICKING CONTEST.

      Chika01 - 2011-08-08 10:15

      He is the "Absentee President" How can the ANC not see or act on what is going on? Corrruption is but a symtom of the problem in our country. Our moral bace as a nation is non existant and nothing is being done to improve the system of accounability.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-08 12:10

      With all the wives and mistresses to service, I'd also be too tired to speak in public

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-08 12:22

      Actually Neil, Zuma didn't even finish primary school.

  • jakethepeg - 2011-08-07 21:01

    don't hold your breath!

      Creeky - 2011-08-07 22:04

      Question is: "Will ZUMA take actio against these TWO INCOMPETENT CADRE'S"????????? Will he still be Bheki Cele(bi)'s "FRIEND"????????????? Will Bheki Cele(bi) retain his GENERAL ATMOSPHERE? Or will he ACCEPT A RETIREMENT PACKAGE..... ensuring him a monthly income of R100 000-00 a month, PLUS BENIFITS, as a "RETIRED" General???????????????Form 15k amonth, to R100K a month..... If only WE ALL could be CONNECTED!!!!

      BigD - 2011-08-08 08:16

      Ja Floyd. Typical comment of the uneducated.

      Chika01 - 2011-08-08 10:16

      Floyd. Your mentality is the problem. Chop!!!!

      onthefence - 2011-08-08 10:22

      Ffloyd......the grass isn't going to cut itself....

      Lab-Rat - 2011-08-08 12:23

      You must be the real Floyd, since you can't spell.

      onthefence - 2011-08-08 12:38

      @lab-rat I sssstutter....

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-07 21:03

    JZ reads very slow! He is buying time for the incompetent and arrogant friends he has employed. He is trying to figure out whom to blame

  • Eric West - 2011-08-07 21:12

    Well, if you consider how slowly he reads a prepared speech, I guess it could take him another three months to finish reading Thuli's report! :)

  • James Weather - 2011-08-07 21:13

    We just want accountability you idiots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not some slow ass president that takes WEEKS to read over 1 report!!! These people have STOLLEN from state funds ... WHAT could take so long to take action??????

      umlaut - 2011-08-08 07:36

      yes --imagine the chaos if say pres OBAMA took 2 months to read the reports on the debt crisis 2 days before the dead line, because he might be a slow reader......by the time zuma finished reading and deciding then Cele has 'naturally' retired.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-08 12:11

      Stollen? What, like the German Easter delicacy? Lol. Otherwise, agreed

  • Ho Hum@24.com - 2011-08-07 21:28

    Ummmm...does this mean he's learnt to read...?

      Olderman - 2011-08-07 22:03

      Grow up, why don't you have any respect for someone who laid his life on the line for this country, you lapped up free privileged education, and still are an empty noisy vessel, unable to contribute anything but a stereotypical racist slur. Are you the one sharpening Shapiro's pencils?

      Gustav - 2011-08-08 00:29

      @Olderman: Exactly where and how did he lay his life on the line for this country? Zuma and his cronies are busy bleeding this country dry. While you're at it, please explain "free and privileged education"...

      Neil - 2011-08-08 01:52

      @Olderman: And what was racist about HoHum's comment hmmmm? Are you stuck on stupid my dear friend? Zuma did not even finish high school. He just knows ANC.. Not ABC

      Ho Hum@24.com - 2011-08-08 11:31

      @Olderman...I had no such thing as a free privileged education...paid my way thru school & university...worked as a student...paid back a loan to the bank...walked to school...could'nt afford trips that my peers could...and I don't understand why you label me as a racist..face up to the facts...the man is a fool...listen to the comments of a wise man...his name is Moeletsi Mbeki...

  • Floyd_Shivambu - 2011-08-07 21:39

    Our presidant has made the media speech!! how much more do u want from him? His is going thorugh the report to check the media influences. He will engage when the time is right! why is the DA forever chasing ANC members? come up with some thing new! suka wena!

      jannie.beirowski - 2011-08-07 22:05

      I can only pray for you, you stupid, ignorant, blind man, although I do not really think that will help you see the light. I do not think even God can help a man to see who does not want to see.

      Floyd_Shivambu - 2011-08-07 22:13

      why do you insult me by calling me stupid? why is my opinion lesser than yours is? white people think they are right and dont engage but insult. typical colonial "white is right" mentality. god has nothing to do with this.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-08-07 22:48

      @Floyd - My reason for wanting this whole process to be speeded up is because the President needs to show action. His leadership is needed. His first priority as the President is to the country and not to the ANC. Taking a firm stance against corruption will unite the country. Unfortunately his leadership for most of his campaign has been missing. If you (anyone) follow S.A. politics you will realise that S.A. is rife with corruption, especially in government. I'm not saying ANC, i'm saying government. The fact that it took the Public Protector to actually point this out to him shows his lack of leadership. We ALL know there is corruption yet he always remains silent on most inconvenient issues within government. The DA is merely doing their job - That is the role of opposition, to point out the ruling party's mistakes. And you can not tell me it is a mistake to take action when the President isn't. How many officials go on paid suspension every year whilst they are being "investigated"? My wish is that the President stand up, demands criminal charges be laid against all parties involved in this case and, if found guilty, they go to jail with no chance of ever working in any governmental capacity again. Same goes for ALL other governmental workers found guilty of corruption in future. I hope you agree Floyd?

      ewald - 2011-08-07 23:41

      "Our presidant.." You mean presidEnt professor?

      Glenn - 2011-08-08 04:43

      Do any of you idiots replying to this honestly believe the person who claims to be Floyd really is who he claims to be?

      johan - 2011-08-08 07:34

      THE DA CHASES THE ANC BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOB.

      Carl - 2011-08-08 07:48

      We all know you are not THE floyd....good trolling though

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-08-08 08:38

      @Glenn - Glenn, did any of us idiots refer to him directly as the speaker of the ANCYL? Cause i'm not reading that anywhere... Floyd was defending the President's actions, Jannie was praying for both Floyd and the President, Ewald was helping us with spelling and I was opposing the President's actions.

      onthefence - 2011-08-08 10:28

      And I am giving you a time out......go yo your respective corners.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-08-08 11:12

      Ah Floyd,I guess both you and JZ are quite limited in seeing the truth. The question now is,who is going to be blamed for your party's mess? I think JZ is trying to figure out,which new job can be created for the promising comrade.

      Exilestar - 2011-08-08 12:13

      Floyd you are quite right, this whole thing is just media misleading the nation and putting pressure on the president's shoulders. having said that let me say this, this has nothing to do with the colour of the skin, i repeat, it is not a racial issue. these race comments make me wanna run.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-08-08 13:07

      @Exilestar - I'm trying to see it as objectively as i possibly can but i can't understand how you would allow the President more time when so many Ministers and officials are corrupt and stealing money but Zuma has done absolutely nothing. What about Shiceka? Nothing has come from that? How many houses could have been built or power/water lines extended with the amount these criminals have stolen? Please give me some insight Exilestar as i really don't know how Zuma can be excused for his lack of leadership?

  • Bill - 2011-08-07 21:40

    What’s wrong with this clown... Can’t he make any decisive decisions himself! I cannot believe a jackass like this runs this country...! Time for civil disobedience...You not going to get my taxes SARS…I will cheat every cent I can from now on! SA is going down the drain quicker than mercury in a straight drop!

      Dominic - 2011-08-08 08:34

      He doesn't run the country. That's the problem.

  • AA - 2011-08-07 22:09

    "Corruption is a serious problem in this country" - At least there is an admission of that, but will anything be done about it ? I have my doubts. We hear of corruption all the time and that is just those being exposed by the vigilant media; what about those slipping through the cracks ? Nothing ever seems to happen to those who are exposed, so of course others will think/KNOW, that they will get away with it. It is time now for the government to come out strongly and decidedly against this pandemic, remove those from the ANC who think South Africa is there for their personal enrichment and ensure that justice takes it course. Jacob Zuma is weak, even ministers are speaking out now because they can no longer wait for the president himself to show strength and leadership. We can only hope that the something gets done now with all pressure being put on government. One can be thankful for the media and opposition parties who actually are doing something about it rather then pondering reports.

  • pants - 2011-08-07 22:20

    Sorry besides the point I know.... but can anyone tell me where I can find the pic of JZ drinking beer from a paint can? I know it is out there just cant find it.

      Marcell - 2011-08-07 22:26

      Pay jz R5 and he will pose for one. The man is a clown.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-08 12:13

      @ Marcell - yup, he ran away from Boswell Wilkie one night

  • louie - 2011-08-07 23:23

    @floyd. Hey idiot, why dont you go read a history book instead of just reusing words like "imperialist" fed to you by the corrupt cronies you voted into power. Clearly you dont even know what it means. Oh wait, its probably the whote mans fault that you are stupid too right ?

      Neil - 2011-08-08 01:55

      No.. It's just another word the ANC picked up that they thought had a nice ring to it. Imperialist, Comrade and Task Team is always mentioned in some ANC idiot's speech..

  • ewald - 2011-08-07 23:38

    "Zuma 'processing' police lease report"...he could use Carlton Double-ply instead, it is softer.

  • Ruben32 - 2011-08-08 03:28

    Zuma, you have no backbone. You are a spectacular failure. When history judges you, you will be remembered for your complete lack of leadership skills. You fail to inspire, you fail to do anything, WTF do you stand for Granpa? Should I pour you another Johnny Blue while you take a month to process the question?

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-08-08 06:30

    LIKE : Moeletsi Mbeki for President on Facebook and lets get some real leadership in the arena!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-08 12:13

      But is he actually in the running? I mean, half the UK would want Jeremy Clarkson to be Prime Minister but if he doesn't campaign...

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-08 06:42

    Will Zuma and Cele still be friends? What ill fortune awaits the daughters of Zuma's other friends? Will the details of the Arms deal be exposed? What will the reaction of the Masses be? Don't miss the next enthralling episode of "The Skelm and the Useless", proudly brought to you by ANC-your leading lifestyle specialists. Together, we can take more.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-08-08 07:15

    Proccessing, se gat. He should just accept the expert report and take the lawful and morallaly correct actions, like firing this people and sending them to trial for their offences.

  • SirMark - 2011-08-08 08:29

    once a thief always a thief , the only honest ANC or ANCYL member is a dead one . uneducated barbarians .

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-08 08:57

    This herd boy spenda a lot of time "processing" !! Is that like "w t f is this"

  • shmangle - 2011-08-08 09:33

    Zuma couldn't "process" a Grade 1 book.

  • braamc - 2011-08-08 09:34

    Rotten to the core. Filthy politicians.

  • Taff2 - 2011-08-08 09:49

    For processing-read sanitising

  • cokey - 2011-08-08 09:53

    Zuma runs on a 186 processor, we need a leader that runs on a quad core. Throwing the bones,listening to ancestors or his legal advisors..whatever he is indecisive, slow and an embarrasment.

      onthefence - 2011-08-08 10:26

      but veeeery fust weeth the ladies....

  • andre - 2011-08-08 09:55

    Zuma even needs to read from a prepared speech in a mud hut because he can't find the right words and that on national television !!!!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-08 10:00

    We still have a president? I thought he had dissolved with all the silence.

  • onthefence - 2011-08-08 10:18

    Oh please....he cannot process a fart.

  • GJJ1329 - 2011-08-08 10:57

    Idiots, when someone is given a report, he has to firstly investigate it properly before making a decision of what steps to take further. This way eliminates lawsuits etc. Why should the President bow down to a bunch of people who think he is not fit to lead, then why dont you leave the the country, simple as that......

      Angry Boris - 2011-08-08 12:09

      we never said we dont think he is fit to lead, we KNOW the illiterate goat herder is not fit to lead.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-08-08 11:00

    SHOWERHEAD MUST BE USING EITHER A SLATE OR ABACUS. ABACUS MIGHT BE ABOVE THE INTELLECT.

  • Tsidiso - 2011-08-08 12:04

    Why all the negative comments about our president!! This comrade should be honoured by you whites!!! Now leave him alone to do his processing of the report!!

      daaivark - 2011-08-08 12:08

      I honour someone I can respect, and respect has to be earned.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-08 12:16

      @ Tsidiso - well first JZ can take Juju to task for his vile racial hatred, maybe then "we whites" (and plenty others) will start to respect him. The ANC is quick to comment when the ANCYL want to invade Botswana, but keeps quiet when Juju wants to kill the Boers. And we should respect this, WHY?

      onthefence - 2011-08-08 12:43

      Honour him? A president that thinks a shower will prevent aids and dances and sings at any given opportunity while he is meant to be a statesman? Are you f_cking with me? Is this candid internet?

      tokoloshe - 2011-08-08 12:58

      honoured for doing what. leading our country into a cesspool of graft and corruption.

      Tsidiso - 2011-08-08 13:03

      Anybody makes mistakes, even comrade Zuma, you people better get your act together and you must respect him, he is your leader too

  • zs5zk - 2011-08-08 14:26

    a Criminal processing a report on another Criminal?????? EISH!!!!!!!!

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