Mthethwa warns corrupt officials

2011-08-30 13:18

Durban - Corrupt municipal officials will be caught because the law enforcement agencies are ready to deal with graft, acting local government minister Nathi Mthethwa warned on Tuesday.

"We would like to warn those who are involved in corruption and those who are planning to get involved that they will be caught," said Mthethwa.

He was speaking during the first day of the SA Local Government Association (Salga) conference at Durban's Inkosi Albert Luthuli convention centre.

Mthethwa, who is also Minister of Police, urged councillors to fight corruption without fear, saying the police were more than ready to arrest the culprits.

Mthethwa told delegates it was an undeniable truth that some municipalities faced problems of corruption, weak financial management and weak ability to deliver services.


The cost of corruption was huge on poor people and would have disastrous consequences if it was not addressed.

"The public rating of councils is very low. We can't just ignore such perceptions. We need to work together to strengthen the capacity of our municipalities so that they can deliver," he said.

According to the pamphlets distributed at the conference, corruption in the public sector, local government and the private sector risks failure in the delivery of services and compromises relations between citizens and the state.

It was important that municipalities performed maximally because they were at the coalface of service delivery, he said.

"We need to make a sphere of local government a pleasant one. It is a sphere where a person [councillor] has to be a minister of everything. When people are angry, they direct their anger at them [councillors]," he said.

eThekwini municipality mayor, James Nxumalo, said it was important for Salga to coach struggling municipalities.

"Improving the capacity of municipalities is very important because people are becoming impatient."

Delegates were also expected to be addressed by planning minister Trevor Manuel on Tuesday.

New Salga leaders were expected to be elected during the conference.

  • Harvey - 2011-08-30 13:25

    More talk. Still no action.

      saabnut - 2011-08-30 13:29

      So corrupt municipal officials should watch out, whilst corrupt parliamentarians (Travelgate) continue slurping their gravy... WTFFFFFFFFFF???

      Felix - 2011-08-30 13:45

      @saabnut, can you believe these two stories on the same page. What a F***ing joke.

      Together - 2011-08-30 14:13

      How? How will corruption be tackled if the Public Protector doesn't even have funds to process the cases currently on hand? Route funds to the Public Protector immediately if you want your words to mean anything.

      POLLENYS - 2011-08-30 14:30

      OK, so who's going to act against the corrupt ones in government and parliament? Can we survive without them? Who will be left to govern?

      GypseyAnn - 2011-08-30 14:51

      @ Harvey - somehow I think this seems to be the new style of managing anything. We have meetings, about meetings, to discuss previous meetings. Problem is nobody seems to get off their bums to do the work!

      Shrike - 2011-08-30 17:39

      Give me a tender deal or else....

  • Slapper - 2011-08-30 13:27

    So, you need to be further up the ANC ladder, before you can get away with it.

  • RobertKay - 2011-08-30 13:28

    "Corrupt municipal officials will be caught because the law enforcement agencies are ready to deal with graft". And after that? They will be promoted of course, or taken on by another municipality, as has happened many times before.

  • jakkals - 2011-08-30 13:45

    And yet you sit in the same room with them in the travelgate scandal? YOU are setting the example in parliament. Your followers are just following your lead.

  • Papsak - 2011-08-30 13:48

    Where is that clown called Sicelo Shiceka clown? Still at home on crutches?

      GypseyAnn - 2011-08-30 14:54

      Sunning himself on a beautiful day like today, next to the pool with a long cool drink at hand as well as pretty maidens fanning his ardour!

  • DW - 2011-08-30 13:49

    This is so ironic in Durban - where there is so much blatant corruption and nepotism in our council that it is scary. When they fire the lot of them and throw them in jail, their words will mean something. But not until then. These guys arent in the least bit intimidated by your little speeches. Actions speak louder than words

  • mickh - 2011-08-30 13:54

    Does anyone believe these threats? The travelgate M.P.s did not get prosecuted. They don't even have to pay the money back. The message is "IT IS OK TO STEAL, THE TAXPAYERS HAVE DEEP POCKETS"

      derkus - 2011-08-30 14:43

      R12 million to be written off by Parliament

  • beicime - 2011-08-30 14:07

    If the bidget is not enough to unvestigate Malema how can it be enough to investigate 100's of other officials ???????

  • dilligaf - 2011-08-30 14:16

    Yadda Yadda. Ching Ching.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-30 14:19

    Hopefully Mthethwa's threats include Cele with his jobs for pals and underhanded lease agreements?

  • umlaut - 2011-08-30 14:21

    Mthethwa-is probably saying those things just to say the right things-but action is another case---If he can pull it off we shall admire him-but he must first see to Cele then! It is out of control---!!!. If Mthethwa succeeds with the first 4 cases he will sign his own death warrant. He will be removed by the corruptors.

  • iDubula - 2011-08-30 14:23

    What a joke to see this article right next to the article on the Travelgate MPs getting away scot free on it...

  • amabok - 2011-08-30 14:29

    Its the pot calling the kettle black. What about "Gen" Cwele?!?!??! More lip service from the mafia.

      GypseyAnn - 2011-08-30 14:51

      Too darned well true!

  • wisegirl - 2011-08-30 14:42

    Start with the Travelgate thiefs if you want people to take you seriously

  • firefox0007 - 2011-08-30 14:44

    dont steal government hates competition. munisapalities are too far down the hierachy

  • Ingie - 2011-08-30 14:48

    About time and hope he sticks with his guns. Time to rule out corruption and fraud.Hope they all get caught and fired.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-30 15:15

    Mthethwa why don't you shut up until you have results to show us?

  • happycamper - 2011-08-30 15:25

    one of my favorite things to do is go to municipalities. I can for hours look at the big fat ladies working there. Their puckered up, big fat asses and if you ask them something you can see confusion spread in their faces. I mean, you can actually see how they clutch out. it's like; "eeeee, I don no...maybe you can ask that white man there" and they point you to a pale white dude sitting behind a pile of papers. You can see the sweat on this guys forehead as he has to juggle 4 or 7 peoples work loads.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-30 20:02

    Oh please! Have you spoken to Jacob's mate -Cele? Start cleaning your own house! WE do not trust the cops anymore!!!

  • OnlyAsking - 2011-08-30 21:00

    Dear Minister Mthethwa, you are quoted as saying that "those who are planning to get involved will be caught". Yes, you are commended in articulating this yet again, but my question always remains, what will happen to them, once they, indeed, are "caught"? Jacob Zuma was "caught", and he became president of the country. Shabir Shaik was "caught", and he is a free man. John Block was "caught", and he too, is a free man. Your own chief of police, Brig Bheki Cele, was "caught", but your office appears to be extremely reluctant to do anything about it, despite the facts of his fraudulent activities being laid bare for the world to see, by none other than the ANC appointed Public Protector's office. Even the "learner president", who was once upheld as the ANC's answer to peace and prosperity, and now who rules over them with an iron fist, has been "caught", but you fail to grasp the opportunity behave as a minister of police aught. Do you see where I'm leading, Mr Minister? Clearly, speaking and acting are two very different points of departure, and one wonders at which juncture more words, without any action, actually become an encouragement to state officialdom who deem it acceptable to steal from the poor. Could it be that your hands are tied, I wonder, fearing that if one were to be singled out for this shocking atrocity and act of high treason, the whole pack of jokers will come tumbling down? Yes, sir - corruption begets corruption, and who will ACT against it?

      Dave - 2011-08-30 21:11

      Probably one of the most articulate and thought provoking comments in my belief posted about anything on this site. Salute....Who is going to stop the hemorrage of this country. Today was not a proud day for anyone

      Paul - 2011-08-30 21:32

      Excellent comment - who amongst our politicians in the ruling party will go down in the annuls of history as the one who took a stand and said enough is enough! and took the corrupt cancerous individuals to task...and pushed them into cells to contemplate the wrongs of their actions,and protected the society who need government to work and to be seen to be working! .....before the country goes to the point of no return.....op is this not what the revolutionaries the current scenario plays straight into their ideologies.Pray SA Pray!

  • Paul - 2011-08-30 21:24

    Municipal officials be afraid be very afraid the wheel is turning slowly but it is turning! Pity there are not enough investigators,we need to name and shame these public officials when they are caught in all media vehicles, as they are hurting the poorest of the poor...and treat their officialdom as though they are Gods sitting on Mt.Olympus! Viva hawks Viva!

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