Limpopo govt fires 40 officials

2011-10-31 09:20

Johannesburg - The Limpopo government has dismissed 40 corrupt officials, a spokesperson said on Monday.

"We have laid off... 40 officials who were embroiled in allegations of crime and corruption," provincial government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela told SABC radio news.

"We've subjected them to disciplinary hearings and we found that they were indeed guilty of crime and corruption."

He was responding to weekend newspaper reports that the Limpopo government was being investigated for fraud and corruption worth millions of rands.

"We are not aware of any investigations whatsoever but we are saying, as a provincial government, in case this [report of an investigation]... is true, we would want the Hawks to conduct the investigation without fear or favour."

Mabitsela said the provincial government had blacklisted 44 companies for "contravening contractual obligations" and "building shoddy houses [for] our people in the province".

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that an anti-corruption task team was investigating the province.

Hawks spokesperson Mcintosh Polela said the matter was being "looked into".

The Sunday Times said one of the companies under investigation belonged to a cousin of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

  • charliekeegan2 - 2011-10-31 09:26

    Well, this is good. How about firing all the other top officials, i.e. the entire ANC?

      rbphiri - 2011-10-31 09:31

      The 40 corrupt officials should've been fired publicly as well, we need to identity the scums tarnishing the image of our country.

      Thelma - 2011-10-31 09:38

      Why only fire them? Why not send them to jail for fraud and corruption?

      jonathancfarrell - 2011-10-31 10:07

      Looks like the SA government finally bought some brooms and mops!!! And learnt how to use it

      Dirk - 2011-10-31 12:46

      They are so corrupt in Limpopo, I can only think this lot stole from politicians, who in turn stole from government.

      thabiso.motsoeneng1 - 2011-10-31 16:45

      your are missing the point the ANC never encouraged or told people to involve themselves in corrupt activities, but individuals driven by greed does so to taint the image of this humble organisation and desrtoy it. yes the law should take its course to all those who loot the our resources in the name of the orgainsation and be exposed, you and i for sure know that limpopo is run by syndicates who are milking it millions of rands day in day out.

      Koos - 2011-10-31 17:18

      thabiso motsoeneng, Dumela Ra. "The ANC never ENCOURAGED or told people". Part of the culture of the ANC is CORRUPTION. Two ministers fired, (INSTEAD OF 10). Sorry sir - don't bluff yourself. Look at the history. Also not so long-term - recent history. And admit.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-10-31 17:30

      They must be criminally charged and if guilty, all the money they stole, and the assets of the companies also involved, seized and put back into the coffers.

      Christopher - 2011-10-31 17:35

      @Thabiso. if you put 2 and 2 together,the corruption occurs within your beloved orgaization at the highest level. The ANC as an organization has well and truly established themselves as a corrupt organization. The ANC of old is no longer. They (the thieves of the new ANC) are ridiculing the ANC of old. The ANC will never be like it once was. We need a new Party and government.

      John - 2012-01-27 18:57

      It starts with the CORRUPTION OF THE MIND; Kasrils, a white communist from USSR, comes and tells the Black People of South Africa that Barbarism and Savagery = stealing and killing, is OK against the Whites. Just that you do not call it stealing and killing, you call it the LIBERATION STRUGGLE. And the whole FALSE STORY is called the national democratic revolution, ndr. Than comes the CORRUPTION OF THE MORALS. Since 1982 Gorbachov who became PRESIDENT OF USSR, denounced communism and the ndr as a FAILURE. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe him. By 1987 the Chinese Communist Party was reforming AWAY from communism and the ndr, stating that China was 50 years behind Hong Kong. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe Hu Jintao. The India Government ABANDONS socialism/communism towards FREE MARKET REFORMS. But the SA Communist Party and the ANC don't believe them. They sent 3 guys to Moscow in + - 1993 to find out what is happening. The now Russians ex-communist officials laugh at their naive belief in the false communist propaganda. the SA Communist Party and its puppet the ANC, still hold on to false communist lies. Than comes the FINANCIAL CORRUPTION. Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa since 1957.

  • Morne - 2011-10-31 09:27

    Maybe they must look at the "BIG FAT CAT" himself.

  • Ian - 2011-10-31 09:28

    omg what a bunch and seems like the entire fat jelli tot clan are nothing but criminal scum

      eserfontein - 2011-10-31 13:46

      It comes as no suprise. Btw, you know a country is ran by a corrupt government when its people is in a political "high" when they hear about the lay-off of officials

  • Rob - 2011-10-31 09:29

    I doubt they care that they have been "fired", they're still sitting with all the stolen loot.

      Kala - 2011-10-31 13:26

      I agree Rob. Make them give it back, then put them behind bars. If they can't pay it back then hard labour will suffice.

  • Mandla - 2011-10-31 09:29

    Only now they investigate the cousin. City Press published the cousin's story of corruption about a year ago already. Campaigning for the elections I see. If they were found guilty of corruption then wheres the money?

      Jacques - 2011-10-31 09:35

      @mandla i agree 100% this is an election campaign stunt

  • Gordon - 2011-10-31 09:32

    This is getting out of control.I mean it is ridiculous.Where is it going to end?

      John - 2011-10-31 10:23

      Well it will end with our TAX money being to little to run the country and a collapse of govt departments, which will lead to the collapse of infrastructure, which has already started (the loss of our Foot & mouth free zone, the collapse of electricity, roads and water also starting). Then the collapse of small, medium enterprise and then the total collapse of the economy. The sad part is, that the very people who have voted for these corrupt people are the same people that are will suffer the most. Wake up SOUTH AFRICA !!!!

      PvdLK - 2011-10-31 12:18

      Nowhere, it won't end.

  • damonsb - 2011-10-31 09:34

    bring the scopions back

  • DrGonzoSA - 2011-10-31 09:38

    Any chance of getting the money back from these thieves?

      mholthuysen - 2011-10-31 18:11

      Will never happen - as half the parliament would have to pay money back. It appears you have to have a criminal conviction these days to serve for the African National Corruption in parliament

  • pratash.ravjee - 2011-10-31 09:40

    out with the old corruption and in with the new...nothing will change

  • Michael - 2011-10-31 09:41

    Well this is evidence that the ANC is serious about dealing with corruption - gr8 news :-)

      Jacques - 2011-10-31 09:46

      @michael it is one of 3 things: 1. like you said they are seriously trying to root out corruption, in which case i say respect. 2. they pissed off someone who is not getting his/her fair share of the pie 3. (most likely) an election campaign stunt

      Allen - 2011-10-31 09:48

      Yeah, right!

      Michael - 2011-10-31 10:14

      No elections looming atm @Jacques so I guess that rules out option 3. As for option 2, 40 is a large number to "collaborate" towards that end, so it's probably not that either.

      mholthuysen - 2011-10-31 18:14

      Michael - if they were dealing with it Zuma would be in jail, Shaikh never been released, Malema under lock and key, Winnie Mandela in jail - and I can go on.... until I probably have listed 90% of the ANC cadres.

      laura.levatte - 2012-01-27 20:58

      Uh no, thats not it at all, this is all about trying to break down Juliarses power. Corruption is rampant all over, why do you think they picked Limpopo to crack down on ? It's all political maneuvering. Zuma is trying to keep himself in the throne, thats all

  • wernervh - 2011-10-31 09:49


  • Jason - 2011-10-31 09:51

    One of them Julius Malema's Cousin, why the f*ck does this not surprize me.. Make them pay back all the money, and send these corrupt bastards to jail, end of story!!

  • THABOM85 - 2011-10-31 09:56

    Stop reading too much into this. It's just a matter of giving each other a chance in milking the taxpayer. 40 corrupt officials fired, 50 new one's appointed. Banana my Banana!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-10-31 09:58

    I wonder how many officials are left to do the "work"?

      baudoux1 - 2011-10-31 13:18

      they never did any work in the first place so they wont be missed!!!

  • Reshan - 2011-10-31 09:58

    If they were serious about corruption they would put serious non-human based controls in place and avoid this in your desk filling systems, where paper seems to keep going missing. Also they should be charged and the courts need to force them to pay back everything plus interest.

      alansmart223 - 2011-10-31 23:49

      But they (The Hawks) have the power to attach and confiscate anything and every thing that these criminal posses to recoup the stolen money. We'll all be happy when we hear that they exersized their right and did it. Only then will I believe that they are taking corruption seriously

  • Paas - 2011-10-31 10:01

    Amazing what happens when the Hawks are looking over your shoulder, even if its to divert attention away from your own corrupt dealings.

  • Ian - 2011-10-31 10:01

    bring abck the scorpions, the doves havent a clue

  • thozamah - 2011-10-31 10:01

    this JZ vs JM war seems 2 b good for this country, i bet wen JM crew comes in more JZ will get fired for corruption

  • shauncro - 2011-10-31 10:03

    Now SARS needs to go in and take everything they own because it's linked to fraud!

  • Heinz - 2011-10-31 10:05

    So now what, shouldn't they also be charged ?? They must stand trial for there doings as well !!!

  • Johannvw13 - 2011-10-31 10:06

    nothing surprises me anymore with the ANC

  • Alan - 2011-10-31 10:10

    Some Good news at last! Well done limpopo Govt!

  • Ducsy - 2011-10-31 10:13

    Mr. Mbalula has a Moral Obligation to his family and career. Yes he is a good Minister when it comes to transformation in sports and has enormous impact since his appointment but good leadership traits and behaviour comes with the package.

      THABOM85 - 2011-10-31 10:35

      A Monday can be so cruel to some people, in this case it's you. I bet you are now sitting back and thinking, what the hell did i just do here. It's gonna be a long day for you.

  • richard.barnard2 - 2011-10-31 10:14

    With pay??

  • Kgabo - 2011-10-31 10:28

    and im not moved..

  • - 2011-10-31 10:29

    Where's Chuck Norris when you need him?

  • Pamela - 2011-10-31 10:48

    Why not investigate these private developments owned by(FNB,Nedtbank,Standard Bank, Sanlam, Old mutual etc on How do they award tenders. We have so many developments around Gauteng alone cost to almost 5 Billion. Our media makes me sick really ,when a black person is a millionaire he/she is declared corrupt 'nonsense' Always looking for those vulnerably people afraid of your white counterparts.

      Vagav - 2011-10-31 13:45

      @Pamela: Private companies purchasing goods & services typically do not need to go to tender because they are spending private money which belongs to them. Therefore, they are allowed to spend their own money in the best way they see fit. That is called freedom. The difference is when the government is spending money it's not THEIR money, that money belongs to the people and so they have to follow proper rules and ensure the money is spent in the most efficient way possible. If they don't, and they just waste money by spending R50,000 for a toilet seat, then they are STEALING from the people of South Africa. Private companies are allowed to waste their own money, BUT they must answer to their shareholders. Government SHOULD NOT waste money and if they do they must answer to the PEOPLE! VIVA!

      Vagav - 2011-10-31 13:54

      What makes me sick is that you don't seem to understand how DEMOCRACY works, and that government is there to serve the PEOPLE, not the other way around. Unfortunately, this means that you will forever be a slave to someone else. These people in the ANC behave like they are Kings and that the people are their slaves who must just suffer so they can drink their Johnny Walker while you starve and struggle. They don't worry becuase they know people like you will come to defend them and blame all the whites for the suffering of the people. Sick sick sick sick!!!

      Pamela - 2011-11-01 13:19

      @ Vagav better be a slave for a black person and die poor. I understand those are business companies, face the reality Mr who is giving them more business its black people and their government, this we will include in our next economic freedom march, these private companies must tell us how do they procure professional service providers & contractors for their projects,because its not only white people who are their clients as they seem to think so

      Vagav - 2011-11-01 13:43

      @Pamela: You said "Better be a slave for a black person and die poor"... better than what, exactly?

      Vagav - 2011-11-01 13:55

      @Pamela: OK Pamela, then you must tell me how you spend your money, and if we don't like it, we will tell you how you must spend it. Then, we will also tell you what kind of job we think you are suited for, and what level of education we think you should get. Does that sound familiar? Maybe because that is what Apartheid did to black people. Robbed them of their freedom. Now you want to tell private companies, private people, how they must spend their money? It's none of your business and you have no right to try to rob them of their freedom. If you don't like a company.. you have the right and the freedom not to buy their products...that is freedom, that is democracy. What you want is not freedom and if you really believe what you are writing here, then you don't deserve democracy and you WILL lose it, because the wolves in sheeps clothing (Berets and Nelson Mandela T-Shirts) will steal it from you. Remember me Pamela... one day you will see I was right & you will hate me even more for it...

  • Ndabenhle - 2011-10-31 10:55

    about time the ANC restores it's image.

  • Howard - 2011-10-31 11:15

    Fired them? Why haven't they locked them up? This nonsense of firing corrupt officials does not address the problem. The corrupt MUST be jailed to protect society from them in future!

  • shando.kandaba - 2011-10-31 11:28

    Too Hot Handle & Too Cold TO Freeezzzzzz!!!!!!!

  • Marius - 2011-10-31 12:43

    So now they will be replaced by another 40. The gravy train keeps on running.

  • Pebetse - 2011-10-31 12:50


  • Daan - 2011-10-31 12:55

    Were they "fired" with or without pay???????????

  • Hugh - 2011-10-31 14:14

    fired or transfered to another department??

  • Grim - 2011-10-31 14:24

    All just to show that they are trying to get it right before elections. This time next year All the smaller guys who can be done away with will be gone but the worst of them all will still be there. Just a show for votes. The country unfortunatly is doomed if this keeps on like it is. Yes Marxism can wor in the future but not like this..

  • muhhamedvefa.dag - 2011-10-31 14:28

    Why always Limpopo , wasn't Juju from Limpopo ?

  • Johan - 2011-10-31 15:15

    We would like to know what they were accused of and in which schemes they were involved in. Is anything going to be recovered?

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-31 18:54

    Johannesburg - The Limpopo government has dismissed 40 corrupt officials, a spokesperson said on Monday.....Jelly-MANS mates...they could afford the ticket to Mauritius.....

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-31 19:08

    The beginning of the end for the ANC.....

  • Mfudzi - 2012-01-27 18:23

    those fired can set up a college specializing in a corruption qualification,so they wont worry about looking for work

  • Craig - 2012-01-27 20:13

    Spin doctors at work again. Grrr.

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