Staff 'fleecing' KZN royal household

2012-10-24 07:47

Durban - Public servants have been caught stealing from King Goodwill Zwelithini, under the pretence of making purchases for his queens.

A forensic investigation found that officials of the Royal Household department, had bought groceries totalling more than R600 000 for personal use.

They had claimed that the groceries were bought on behalf of the king’s queens.

Similarly, livestock vaccines and food supplements were bought for more than R26 000, but these were not used for the king’s cattle.

Audit reports

The provincial legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) learnt about the investigation while reviewing the department’s audit reports.

Scopa member Dr Lionel Mtshali (IFP) said it was shocking to learn of the officials’ duplicity.

They were fleecing the department in order to enrich themselves.

Mtshali said the officials must be made to apologise to the queens. He questioned whether they should be allowed to continue to work in the department and wanted to know what disciplinary action was taken against them.

Jo-Ann Downs (ACDP) agreed with Mtshali, saying that the department, through lack of controls, was being fleeced. She questioned the exorbitant figure spent on travel by the department, totalling R6m, or 10% of its budget. “No other department pays even close to that for travel.”

The king in September raised his suspicions that the Royal Household Department was using his name in vain, after he was slated for apparently wanting another palace for his sixth queen.

It turned out the request was, in fact, made by officials in the department and KZN director-general Nhlanhla Ngidi duly apologised.

At the time, the king said people would be surprised to learn that all the money that was always said to be budgeted for him, in fact, ended up taking care of the officials of the Royal Household Department, and never reached him.

No controls

Scopa members on Tuesday expressed concern at the lack of action taken against the department’s errant officials.

Downs urged the department to implement the recommendations of the forensic investigation.

Ngidi assured Scopa members that the recommendations would be implemented.

He also blamed officials for taking advantage of a lack of policies.

“I found that there was no policy at all within the department, so there were no rules to govern processes and procedures.

“That is why certain members of staff have taken advantage,” Ngidi said.

A spokesperson for the king declined to comment.

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-24 07:51

    If it was Chaka he would summon them and have them executed, culturally speaking of course.

      foreignem - 2012-10-24 08:02

      Shaka, the Charles Tailor and Al Bashir of our times. Wonder why we condemn Tailor's and Bashir's misdeeds and not Shaka's in equal measure.

      george.pistorius - 2012-10-24 08:14

      I think he deserve it!! He is stealing tax payers money!!!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-24 08:23

      Learnt from their masters.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-24 08:30

      The reason there are a lack of controls and very little action has been taken is because it is not the kings money. It is tax payers money, and there is a lot of it lying around there. The staff are like children around a sweetie jar. His Majesty would take things far more seriously if he actually worked for that money.

      JaredVN - 2012-10-24 08:33

      Who is this so-called royal family? Why must I as a taxpayer support these loathsome parasites? F..k them!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-24 08:46

      Just can't help themselves can they?

      Vince.York - 2012-10-24 09:08

      would Chaka have flung zuma off Chaka's Rock to the sharks in pieces?

      erich.goosen - 2012-10-24 09:11

      Take a leaf from the Pope's book. When his favourite employee was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he was summoned to appear before His Highness, was absolved and then discharged. Instead of absolving the culprits, the King can give them a homegoing whipping with a hippo sjambok in the presence of the animal hide clad members of the Royal Court.

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-24 09:13

      Idiot! in the period of more that years at school you still did not see that the king's name is Shaka not Chaka.Chaka chaka is Yvonne you moron.

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-24 09:20

      foreigner you haven't even started to condemn Bush and Blair for their most barbaric deeds yet so you better stop trolling about Shaka.He never bombed billions of innocent women and children.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-24 09:42

      is there NEVER an ending to fraud and corruption on this continent? EVERYWHERE you look there are criminals, fraud and corruption! For those who are quick to point out Europe and other places having the same issues - the difference is that when it IS exposed, it becomes a HUGE thing - here is just another day in Gangster's Paradise! Look at our "beloved" pres. - he has made so many ILLEGALITIES (appointed so many people that were removed by court orders due to illegalites, stealing money left and right and not even obeying court requests - the da is still waiting for a paper I believe regarding the arms dea). If it is at the top, then it MUST be an example to follow I guess!

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-24 07:53

    One vicious circle

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-24 09:06

      They are not fleecing the Zulu Royal clowns, they are fleecing the taxpayers. Maybe that should have been "cows", well same difference.

      Willie - 2012-10-24 09:54

      It is high time Zwlithini should consider looking for a job at Marikana

  • foreignem - 2012-10-24 07:56

    Not interested in who steals from which King or Queen. Working hard for my sustanance and I am not a donor-breed like Kings and Queens. The servants are just retrieving and redirecting their own swindled tax money.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 07:56

    If I was more nimble I would lie down on the floor, kick my legs in delight and scream with laughter. Sorry its my sense of the absured!! Hey kingy, dont you know that 'in-house' theft in all corporations accounts for approx., 1/3 of loss? Am I the only one that finds tis hysterical? Dont worry king and queens, you asked Zuma for another R18 million, you obviously need more than that. After all there are shortages in the fiscal accounting....ho ho this is tooo funny.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-24 08:01

      this....typo there........

      rontheogre - 2012-10-24 09:20

      Now they know what most employers in SA experience. It seems to be a national pastime, with the example that our government is setting.

  • Bokrichard - 2012-10-24 07:56

    What else did you expect. It is not regarded as stealing - it is wealth sharing. What is yours is also mine - culture my mate.

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-24 09:27

      The liberation of funds - economic freedom and all...

  • dave.ueckermann - 2012-10-24 07:58

    And this makes news headlines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its a given that this happens in South Africa - CRY OUR BELOVED COUNTRY

  • mongwadi - 2012-10-24 07:58

    Correction, public servants have been caught stealing from tax payers

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-24 08:23

      EXACTLY!! Since when does Zwelithini have money? where has he worked? They are stealing our money,which he stole from us.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 09:18

      Spot on :) Bells for Mongwadi and Lorain

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-24 08:07

    How much of this is the tax payer paying for the Kings Household if such huge amount of money is stolen. The King and his cronies can also know how we feel with the bad management of ANC Government.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-24 08:10

    The problem with people in positions of authority ((and others of course)in this country is that there is no accountability. Effectively these people have stolen money 'donated' by the tax payers who include the beggar on the street who pays VAT when he buys his half loaf of bread (or dop....whichever comes first) to Patrice Motsepe and the like. Their actions are criminal and any failure to pursue criminal action against them is a slap in the face of every single person living in this country. Again, a failure to prosecute them is giving them the establishment's tacit approval to rape and pillage the fiscus. Also keep in mind that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 09:26

      You are absolutely correct. No accountability. They just blame others and never take responsibility or their actions.

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-24 08:18

    The King has been fleecing the sheeple for years.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-24 08:26

    You get Gift of the givers and you get Take from the takers.

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-24 08:30

    Off with their Head's. A Kings punishment is in order. What amuses me is they are pondering on what to do with these Disloyal Subjects.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-10-24 08:34

    They must be fired, stealing from someone is a crime.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-24 09:28

      Yes, so is hate speech, but Goodsh*t Zweletini doesn't get reprimanded for his hate speech against gays. He just continues to take the tax payers money.

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-10-24 08:47

    HAHAHAHA - kings and queens indeed!

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-10-24 08:48

    What has happened to the citizens of our beloved south africa ? Stealing ,destroying,raping ..has become the norm

  • annalene.nel - 2012-10-24 08:53

    staan-steel, sit-slaap, lê-teel..

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-24 08:55

    Whats his problem, I think too many queens and nobody in control. Well, he steals from us, so glad now he knows what is feels like to be robbed right under your nose. Yet again maybe this is now just an excuse for more taxpayers money.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-24 09:29

      He will ask for an increase in budget to cover the theft.

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-10-24 08:58

    Captions for the pic here should be: Goodwill - Eish my Jacob you are building a nice compound and you will have the rooms for many more wives like me. Jacob - hehehehehehe

  • evan.connock - 2012-10-24 09:00

    Tell me it isn't so, can't be... Staff stealling from his most illustrious, magnanomouse, kinglyness, highest, most honourable KING? Seriously, why the outcry, just the other day he was requesting a couple extra million from govt, who probably gave them to him so he can help with the votes from his minnions (not millions) for the next ellections. When there are free handouts there is less of an inclination to be too stringent on accounting for every penny. If "kingyness" actually had to work for the money, it's unlikely the staff would have been able to steal it in the first place.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-24 09:07

    This wondrous tribal tale of fantasy might soon end with the king finding he is a queen. has there EVER been anything so anti-democratic as SA's royals turning our Democracy and it's tax paid coffers upside down?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-24 09:10

    Never before have so few (tax payers) had to support so many (crooks).

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  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-24 09:37

    Little thieves stealing from the KING OF THIEVERY? SHAKA must be turning in his grave.

  • Gill McCain - 2012-10-24 09:52

    Excellent, now the leech knows how we feel about his criminal waste

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-24 10:31

    Oh Lord, now His name has been used in vain. Sacrilege! What a crock! These people have the cheek to rob the king? How could they. You don't steal from a king. Only he and the president may steal from the people.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-24 11:00

    let the KING feed his servants..... for they can't work and praise while hungry..

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-10-24 14:48

    Same old same old. Will the public servant who does not steal, please stand up !

  • lindani.zuma.75 - 2012-12-11 22:23

    Should I be bothered when someone steal from a stolen “loot” that we taxpayers won’t reap the benefits? The so-called King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu has been and continues to enrich himself, his family and collection of his wives at taxpayers’ expense without taxpayers’ consent. I don’t understand these people that keep protecting and funding this useless and parasitic Zulu royal family that add no economic and or social benefits to South Africans.

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