Shout to support our Protector

2011-03-12 08:53

Watch for the sleight of hand as government ­delays action on Public Protector Thuli ­Madonsela’s report, which found that a lease agreement for a new police headquarters is illegal.

Police boss General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde are in hot water.
A Cabinet discussion was ­supposed to be held, in line with the report’s recommendations, and we would like to think that action would have been quick and decisive.

Not so. Government is dilly-dallying and undermining the report with strategic leaks. We’ve seen it all before during the arms deal when watchdogs had their fangs extracted without ­anaesthetic.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde questioned the report’s ­professionalism in leaks this week, suggesting it was shallow.

Cele has engaged a brains trust to wage a war as he juts his chest out and pulls his stomach in for an epic battle.

If President Jacob Zuma ­is serious about his ­intention to run a clean administration that will not tolerate corruption, he must act on the report.

But will he? The jury is out as Zuma moved former public works minister Geoff Doidge aside when he first found that the lease agreement was illegal.

Doidge is being posted to Sri Lanka.

Will Madonsela be posted to a ­Pacific Island? Don’t let it happen. Shout to support our Protector.

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