Protector rejects minister's claims

2011-09-28 21:43

Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Wednesday dismissed claims by Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde that two controversial leases were endorsed before she became public works minister.

On Tuesday last week the public works minister claimed: "These contracts were entered into before I became minister."

However, at a news briefing in Pretoria, Madonsela said the initial lease for Pretoria’s Middestad building had not been signed when Mahlangu-Nkabinde became minister of the department on November 1 last year.

"The lease we are taking to court right now happened under the minister’s supervision."

According to Madonsela the lease was signed on November 22.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde's predecessor Geoff Doidge, who is now the South African ambassador to Sri Lanka, had put the deal on hold pending the completion of Madonsela's investigation.

"At the time the minister came [to be minister], the lease as we know it now had not yet been signed."

The public works department received advice from senior counsel Pat Ellis on the same day "indicating that the original purported lease was invalid", Madonsela said.

She said the department should have cancelled the deal after this advice.

Last week Mahlangu-Nkabinde applied to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to have the lease, signed with businessman Roux Shabangu for police office space, declared null and void.

At the time she said: "I cannot be held responsible for what happened before my time, but I can promise that we will get to the bottom of all irregularities."

Speaking about the lease in Durban, also with Shabangu, Madonsela said: "Durban had no lease until this minister came [into office].

"We were just saved by fate. We would have lost the money, more than a billion, in Durban."

  • DW - 2011-09-28 21:59

    The trouble is that Zooma fired Doidge because he would not sign the lease and put Gwen in to get it signed for his buddy Shabangu. He is actually behind this whole thing so he mustn't now pretend to be anti-corruption. Gwen will get away with it. Nothing will be done to her. and if Madonsela gets too noisy about it, he will fire her. Mark my words

      mike.kgatla - 2011-09-28 22:25

      u r 100% ryt

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-28 22:40

      I don't believe your prophesy will come about! - Madonsela is one heck of a clever person and has covered her tracks superbly - it is more likely that Zuma will see his rear end much sooner than that!

      Vela Stardust - 2011-09-28 23:19

      Phaedioux, I hope you are right. Madonsela is doing such a great job I start to worry about her safety.

      nic - 2011-09-28 23:24

      The problem is that they are all so freaking corrupt and guilty of multiple crimes that they have so much dirt on one another. So they have to cover for one another. If JZ expels JM, JM tells the world of all JZ's skeletons and vice versa. So this whole charade of a trial for old Juju is nothing but a show to keep people quiet. NOTHING will come from it. Just as nothing will come from this. Until there are a few honest people in the ANC that are willing to accept the "disembarkation from the gravy train" when they DO tell what is really going AND a few other people that will actually back them, nothing will change and SA will be a proper 3rd world country in 7 years.

      briaker - 2011-09-29 02:37

      Ms Madonsela should stand as president! She will make a hell of a good job of it, unlike the puppetmaster Zuma.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-29 05:14

      Anyone else noticed how QUIET MALEMA HAS GONE RECENTLY???????

      Blikskottel - 2011-09-29 07:22

      If this gets to court, your Zuma teory will be tested and I sure hope to the hilt.

  • BakkieB - 2011-09-28 22:00

    Thuli.....get ready to recieve a "Golden Hand Shake" You are going to upset the inner circle of cadres. you are playing with protected game.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-28 22:12

    Nkabinde is a fat incompetent corrupt liar! Learnt from her masters -- ANC

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-28 22:43

      Stop being so complimentary?

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-09-28 22:46

    This Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde character (I nearly said bitch) should be ashamed of herself, if for anything, for making a pathethic liar! Who is she trying to fool!

  • ptaguy1983 - 2011-09-28 22:58

    Thuli Madonsela for president! SA is lucky to have a lady of her caliber on as the Public Protector. I don't think Madonsela has anything to be afraid of. I predict that Cusato will support her efforts if it has to come to that. A lot of the alliance groups are fed up with the ANC's counter productive actions in fighting corruption and uplifting the poor.

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-29 00:11

    “ The Gang of Four Chinese Communist Party members came to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and were charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The gang consisted of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's last wife as the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. In 1980, the trials of the Gang of Four began. Among the prosecution’s charge of actual crimes were the usurpation of state power and party leadership; the persecution of some 750,000 people, 34,375 of whom died during the period 1966-76. It was at this trial that Jiang Qing made the famous quote: "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." Jiang Qing was sentenced to death in 1981. “ Source Wikipidia. I was inspired to write a song commemorating the death of such evil people: Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Mao Tse Tsung! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Jiang Qing! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs Gang of Four! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss!

      NZdreamer - 2011-09-29 03:31

      Oh boy, you have way too much time on your hands John.

      leonard - 2011-09-29 08:32

      @John.......I agree with NZdreamer,the least you could have done would have been to motivate your reasons re your missive.One thing you have forgotten,no death penalty in SA.As to the PP,what a gal,we should ALL support her and her fight against all that is bad in the ruling party.

  • beicime - 2011-09-29 07:06

    I just want to say that madam Mandosela knows how to own the respect of an entire country. With less fanfarre and without looting and fires she is more popular and respected and for the right reasons than the ANCYL leaders. The difference is that madam Mandosela is not illiterate or ignorant

      PB - 2011-09-29 07:59

      News24 - here is a brilliant suggestion for a opinion poll - Who does the readers RESPECT more - THULI or ANY ANC HOI POLOI

  • Blikskottel - 2011-09-29 07:22

    Hopefully this time no political interference will prevent justice from being done.

  • Spade - 2011-09-29 07:23

    By admitting that these deals were dodgy, but that she had nothing to do with them, all the prosecution will have to do is prove they happened in her time. She has made is easy for the public protector to nail her! I'm hoping the Hawks are investigating this.

      DW - 2011-09-29 09:23

      Hawks are part of SAPS and ultimately report to Bheki Cele. Whilst he is around I wouldnt count on much investigating into this matter.

  • JMan - 2011-09-29 07:47

    Moer hulle!!

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-29 07:54

    Eish...and they want the public to respect them ??? For this blatant lie, it justifies her to be fired !!! Sies !!

      leonard - 2011-09-29 08:39

      @Nkalakatha........Here`s the thing.Zuma with his level of education,seem to choose ministers to serve under him with what seems to be an even lower level of education.It is obvious that the minister can`t work with numbers or a calender(shame)resulting in the present situation.Zuma does not have the b@lls or acumen to do what needs to be done.

  • blacksonly - 2011-09-29 08:41

    Madonsela must start her own coverup and be ready for personal attack. she may be accused of "crime" allegedly she committed in high school ie she faked illness. hahahaha. She is a spur in the dirty arses of these corrupt politicians.

  • Badballie - 2011-09-29 10:21

    If Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has lied then she is simply another ANC gravy train passenger and must be removed from all public service employment and the ANC must revoke her party membership, of course in reality she will at most be moved to a higher paying job out of the public eye and be lauded as a champion of the struggle.

      leonard - 2011-09-29 11:18

      @Badballie.... Nice one.And so goes the way of the ANC.

  • AntonioP - 2011-09-29 14:56

    This reminds me of a farcical piece of old, foreign satire. (Koot en Bie) I downloaded recently. A govt. official tried to deflect blame for corruption by lying badly and repeating: if anything [untoward] happened, it was either before, or after "my time" -but never during "my time". But here, in SA this piece of sublime drivel becomes reality -we can all see that our dishonourable minister is clearly lying. She knows it, we know it -and she knows we know it. But does this matter? Does anything MATTER? The idiot voters keep them in power, so the ANC does / says what it the point of contemptuously insulting the country like this.

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