Government officials in hot water

2012-08-05 07:58

Johannesburg - Government officials "placed South Africa at risk" of breaking United Nations sanctions, according to reports on Sunday.

The Sunday Times reported that an audit report found the risk was related to when officials issued letters of support to a company trying to sell helicopters to Iran.

The Grant Thornton report, commissioned by the department of trade and industry (DTI), is independent proof that officials delivered on their side of a deal to obtain political support for the company 360 Aviation, the newspaper reported.

The report was obtained by the Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier through a Promotion of Access to Information request.

Irregularities were found in how the DTI letters were issued and the report also recommends disciplinary action against officials involved, the Sunday Times reported.

In March, the DTI said it was conducting an investigation into the supply of letters of support to a company doing business with Iran after the department issued a letter of support on 12 April 2011 to 360 Aviation.

Maynier told the newspaper that the report highlighted the need for a policy review on the whole questions of letters of support that made the DTI vulnerable to corruption.

DTI spokesperson Sidwell Medupe confirmed that the report was submitted to the public protector, the Sunday Times reported.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-05 08:24

    Government is used to giving a huge middle finger to its citizens - so why not extending the sentiment to the world. cANCer is untouchable

      Genet - 2012-08-05 11:36

      Yes, govt does give the middle finger to all of us. The entire govt. are narcissistic individuals who only know instant gratification. Maybe it is time they had a dose of their own medicine.

      bernpm - 2012-08-05 11:56

      The ANC and its YL is fighting for economic freedom. Did you not know?? The US (with Israel) is fighting for its own economic freedom and Iran stands in the way.

  • godesha - 2012-08-05 08:26

    No, never!!!!

  • njdejager - 2012-08-05 08:31

    Same old same old. ANC our official ticket to ruins.....

  • dino.naidoo.5 - 2012-08-05 08:32

    article seems a bit vague.

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-08-05 08:45

    Who to trust within the Government Sector when power nor authority is being misused by certain greedy individuals(ANC)?

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-08-05 08:45

    Who to trust within the Government Sector when power nor authority is being misused by certain greedy individuals(ANC)?

  • andries.d.plessis.9 - 2012-08-05 08:54

    I hope America sends over a few Apache attack helicopters to bomb the snot out of these terrorists in Luthuli house. Bloody inbr3ds !

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-05 09:44

      Yeah I will be quite happy to guide them in

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-05 08:54

    Well done THEY will get an increase in pay too

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-08-05 09:30

    Good for them, they are soon going into the fire.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-05 09:37

    Well the international community will now hopefully realise that this is a regime with no honour and respect and cannot be trusted. Time to fascilitate a regime change

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-08-12 11:19

      The international community have been aware for a long time unfortunately all they can do is apply sanctions against South Africa and I don't think this regime are going to be fazed by that they will just steal more and spend the money overseas and those who will suffer will be the public. The govt could care less. Look at Mugabe and the legendary shopping sprees of Grace Mugabe in the midst of total fiscal collapse of that country. Our only hope is if the voters turn on them and give them their walking papers. I could suggest give them a taste of the final days of Mussolini but the bulk of the voters are dyed in the wool racists and the whites will probably get the blame for the increasing poverty of the people. It's a no win situation if it is allowed to continue. Lay a charge at the world court instead and deliver them to their fate. No wonder Zuma is building bunkers!!!

  • Pridie Makoya Mnguni - 2012-08-05 10:05

    The most painful thing is ANC will rule forever, typical revolutional movent, once they took over from colonialists they made sure they wont leave power nd even the masses support these movements because they believe them to be their heroes nomatter how bad the economy, look at Zim, Angola u can go on

      nolitha.mofuyaphewa - 2012-08-05 15:23

      Ja neh dis govment

  • Raai.wie - 2012-08-05 10:10

    They are terrorists themselves, why won't they support terrorists?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-05 10:24

    Gorvernment officials hav lion share and hot cake.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-05 10:24

    Gorvernment officials hav lion share and hot cake.

  • venet.smit - 2012-08-05 10:37


  • derrico.heus - 2012-08-05 10:43

    The whole world knows what a dirty grubby government presides here in south africa. The old colonialists have no further use of this country. If it was any good to them,zuma and all the other african crooks would have been deleted by now.the free world looks at the countries the anc count as friends and that marks south africa down as a supporter of the corrupt,and supporter of terrorism.the cANCer are doomed. Implosion will occur, the clock is ticking.

  • blatherwick.ashburner - 2012-08-05 10:44 whats new? Same topic in the news tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, and the day after....................and the day after.................until there is nothing left to steal........then more protests.........then more blaming apartheid.........then more blaming business for corrupting naive angelic cadres......shame poor cadres.......zzzzz

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 12:05

    Gvot officials place South Africa at risk every day by refusing to do the job they were hired to do. Very telling that the wrath of the UN is a more terrifying prospect than the wrath of 100s of 1000s of hungry, illiterate, unemployed citizens.

      appietrader - 2012-08-05 12:40

      Military sanctions should be imposed on SA by the UN. These space cadets "government'" not fit to handle any sensitive material..... remember Jackie Selebi selling interpol info.... ???

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-05 14:12

    What do people expect from Showerhead Zuma and Champagne Motlanthe?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-05 18:04

    Corruption, corruption and more corrution. When will it end? When the ANC are voted OUT.....

  • brandon.wilson.5891 - 2012-08-05 21:23

    Hot Water, Hot Water... since when? - most probibly at some hot water springs where they enjoy the spoils of their corruptness sponsored by JZ whilst he is deciding where to redeploy them to next.

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-05 22:10

    Sidwel Medupe what is the point of submitting the report to Public Protector if "..and the report also recommends disciplinary action against officials involved..."

  • alwyn.snyman1 - 2012-08-05 22:17

    this one must be the nail in the coffin, as this shows u how low the new SA has become.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-05 23:06

    Name de main culprit,anyway we know

  • mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-06 00:44

    How sad that the flag in the photo is hanging back to front

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-08-12 11:24

      Perhaps fair commentary?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 11:49

    More idiots.I am not surprised, we are ruled by idiots.

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