Zille welcomes tender finding

2012-06-01 16:19

Cape Town - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Friday welcomed the public protector's finding that there was no evidence of unlawfulness in her government awarding a branding contract to agency TBWA.

"The report shows, above all, that the entire exercise was a storm in a teacup stirred up by our political opponents," she told reporters in Cape Town.

"The entire affair was a waste of the public protector's time and cost the South African taxpayer hundreds of thousands of rands at least, that could have been better spent on service delivery."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announced on Friday that she made four findings of maladministration but none of unlawfulness, which meant she would not recommend that the contract was invalid or should be cancelled.

Zille said the report found no corruption and political involvement, interference or manipulation in the procurement process. She was also not personally involved in the process.

She said it was found that the presence of two special advisers on the tender bid evaluation committee had made no difference to the outcome of the evaluation.

Madonsela found that some administrative processes in managing transversal tenders, those which involved various government departments and strict Treasury regulations, were faulty.

Zille said the provincial treasury had picked up these faults long beforehand and steps were taken to rectify them.

Madonsela was asked by, among others, the African National Congress in the Western Cape to investigate whether the department of the provincial premier had employed proper demand side management regarding procurement of the contract.

She had to find out whether failure to do so had resulted in fruitless and wasteful expenditure, whether the department had kept proper records of proceedings of the bid evaluation committee, and whether the appointment of two special advisers to the committee which awarded the contract was legal.

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-01 16:23

    The SACP must be very disappointed that the "Madame" will not be resigning ...

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 16:33

      And THAT is why we are voting for the Madam. We trust her, and she proves over and over that she is indeed trustworthy. As the Auditor General too who found a 100% accuracy in her 2011 budget/spending.

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 16:40

      @WhitePrivilege - why do you not write a letter to the Opinion section - what you are saying has diddly squat to do with this article. I would just have one response to your posting - why do some people constantly view themselves as victims - and some as survivors. The result, they stay victims, not of their circumstance, but victims and slaves to themselves!

      Godfrey - 2012-06-01 16:46

      @WhiteP...please get rid of the chip on your shoulder, else put the same size on the other shoulder to balance it out.

      Nicholas - 2012-06-01 16:53

      Oops here we go again ...thumbs ups and downs the wrong way around again ...

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 17:00

      No Nicholas, we have a person with a huge chip on his shoulder about the past, playing victim, feeling sorry for himself, and trying to make it ALL go beta by giving himself thumbs up and anything which makes sense, thumbs down. And THAT keeps the ANC in power. Poor SA

      Marco - 2012-06-01 17:02

      how much does news24 pay you whiteprivate? can i come "work" there an a-hole im not quite in your league but i can learn. #powertomybunghole

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 17:11

      Dee, many people suffer many injustices - however, you can very quicly see the difference between a victim and a survivor. And is a mental choice which needs to be made - and I agree, sometimes you cannot do it by yourself, you need to get professional help. I see many black countrymen who have been treated exactly the same (and believe me, it was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG) but they rise above it - they become responsible, contributing citizens who refuse to lie down and keep the victim mentality. And strangly enough - they become successful and they NEVER blame anything or anybody for anything.

      Jan - 2012-06-01 19:12

      SiyandaWalterMda - where did you get this figure of R8700?

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-06-01 16:23

    *sigh of relief*

      Jack - 2012-06-01 17:59

      Well to be perfectly honest, who would have thought otherwise. All i know for SURE is that ANC/ANCYL/COSATU/SACP are all very very very disappointed. It seems that they simply cannot fault the DA, the sooner they acknowledge this the better for their own skins if they wanna survive as a South African party. The DA is HONEST and accountable, very very very rare in this country indeed. But then again you have 80% of the masses who believe in rape, murder, corruption, theft, extortion, arson, yeah what more can one do?

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-06-01 19:19

      There was no doubt on the outcome for me. The DA don't have the same "benefits" that the ANC have - The DA need to play by the rules.

  • Cameron - 2012-06-01 16:24

    BOOOM!!! hahahaha well done ANC for wasting all that money on court cases for a measly R8000... eish..

      Nosiphom - 2012-06-01 17:03

      They must be so sad, shame!

  • okoronkwojohn - 2012-06-01 16:26

    Somali militants again threaten Kenyan skyscrapers

      Marco - 2012-06-01 17:03

      kilimanjaro under threat?

  • okoronkwojohn - 2012-06-01 16:26

    Somali militants again threaten Kenyan skyscrapers,

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-06-01 16:27

    Never suspected a problem for a minute. Again the DA shows the ANC for what they are.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-01 16:31

    Ok, so where are all the trolls now - the ones who insisted Zille step down!!

      Megan - 2012-06-01 16:35

      They haven't yet finished making any sense of the first article relating to this story... give them time.

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 16:42

      Haha Megan - that is funny:-)

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-01 18:20

      @Bless, they all to ashamed to show their faces in Cape Town. They escape to Kruger national park where they belong in the first place! Zille, now please do the honorable thing and serve them with the court papers demanding the cost for these waste of tax payers money and time of the Public Protector. Thsi should teach them a lesson not to make unsubstantiated claims of shady deals in the best run province in the WHOLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, unlike the ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY PROVINCES where corruption is part of their daily job!

  • Anthony - 2012-06-01 16:33

    this anc government steals yes steals billions of rands a year and then they want to cry over R8500 that they THINK was spent unlawfully witch was not. to the anc government, you are so dumb it,s disgusting.

  • renny.meere - 2012-06-01 16:36

    Its only the ANC that seems to be corrupt, based on its reputation.

  • Jay - 2012-06-01 16:38

    The ANC again prooved that they are incompetent and scared of the DA. Well done DA !

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-01 17:00

      Quality will always out-class quantity.

  • Mnguni - 2012-06-01 16:41

    I'm also a member of the ANC' I know the findings of the Public Protector won't go down well to my comrades' I have only one request to my fellow comrades don't mess up with Zille she is intelligent by nature she strategize a lot ' I start to believe her' when she says come 2014 she would control one more province from us' the floor-crossing is no longer existing we did capitalize previous through it' Zille keep up the good work' u have to share with us the secret ' the ANC should come to you for advice' on e-tolling ; youth subsidy and gau-train ' we re trying premier to merge some of the municipalities the idea is to take control of the DA run municipalities because we are damn hungry we did not join the ANC to be poor

      Christelle - 2012-06-01 17:50

      Mnguni, there is a lot of sense in what you say. But my friend, you are not bound to the ANC. You know, in a proper democratic country (our is not because of the numbers issue) people change parties on a constant basis. If the party they voted in, is not delivering and they don't do the good for the people of the country, they will simply be voted out by their OWN people. Power moves on a constant basis, and that is so healthy for any country - do not let the power in charge think that they are there forever - that is when they start abusing power and the people suffer:-(

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-01 18:53

      If only your friends in the Eastern Cape would read what you have to say, because, despite their poverty, that's where the ANC power base is situated.

      Ditoa-re - 2012-06-01 23:08

      LOYALTY, even the club at the bottom of the log never go to stadium empty seats, the facts that there are more blacks than white in south africa president will always be black, it will take centuries to trust a white man again. Zille must step down and Lindiwe Mazibuko step up for DA to run this country

  • musazwane - 2012-06-01 16:44

    Public Protector Thuli Madonsela announced on Friday that she made four findings of maladministration. Helen must step down.

      Anthony - 2012-06-01 16:57

      hahahaha wtf are u doff or what? read again....

      Kirchner Van Deventer - 2012-06-01 17:01

      As opposed to the hundreds of examples of maladministration that is committed by the ruling government? Mrs Zille was not involved in the process, so following your line of argumentation, Pres Zuma should have stepped down ages ago.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-01 17:06

      Yes Anthony he is doff.

      Gestoffle - 2012-06-01 18:19

      How did this to$$er musa-swine get all those thumbs up, divine intervention perhaps?

      Sean - 2012-06-01 20:59

      If Zille has to step down for maladministration , then 99% of the ANC government has to step down , no , rather go to jail !! Best of all , the intelligent ANC supporters believe all the sh@t the ANC feeds them !!

  • Muneer23 - 2012-06-01 16:45

    So why are the majority still voting for the ANC ?

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-01 16:59

      Yes why?

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-01 17:03

      It is easy to manipulate uneducated people. That is why the education system is in such a mess. How Mandela must be crying for the uneducated.

      rob.prestwich - 2012-06-01 17:15


      Nicolaas - 2012-06-01 18:27

      @Muneer23, they asked the same question on the south african version of who want to be a dommillionare and not even the 11 million idiots that are ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY could get it right. The answer is simple, they plain stupid!

      Sean - 2012-06-01 21:01

      Stewart described it 100% ! For the 100th time , If the majority of South African were educated , the ANC wouldn`t even exist anymore !

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-06-01 16:54

    anc and there supporters equals a bunch of idiots sa will fall witwolf sal opstaan

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-01 16:59

    Read em and weep. And the anti white racist statements once again are insignificant. Waste your breath - no one cares. Yada Yada Yada. Sorry for you.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-01 17:25

    we have our own section 217 here in CT. Madonsela was bound to get nothing! Lol.

      Hudayfah - 2012-06-01 17:39

      you're probably sitting in limpopo and typing this

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-01 18:30

      @Hudayfah, Nope, he is sitting in DOMPOPO!

      Sean - 2012-06-01 21:02

      he is sitting in woodwork class !!!

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-06-01 21:34

      He is sitting in DOMPOPO, flunking wood working class... whilst carving a spear.

  • Azande - 2012-06-01 17:47

    I welcome the findings. I commend DA and its leadership for standing by the principles and maintaining integrity. I hope we learn a thing or two from this party.

  • Josi Mothibi - 2012-06-01 17:54

    I believe this is gon feel like a kick in the nuts for the ANC

      RangoAndEmy - 2012-06-01 18:22

      Well said Josi, but I think they dont care they know that our majority will vote them again because they play on their emotions and tell them the kwa bantu will do evil things to them. I am angry with our government because they take and give nothing back.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-01 18:32

      @Josi, do they have nuts??? I know they have no BALLS, but I am 100% sute it is the same case with the nuts. if you mean the 11 million nut suppotas, then I fully agree!

  • Tolo - 2012-06-01 18:49

    I bet thuli she is in deep trouble how on earth she cAn't FiNd nothiNg from that woman...guys deal with it she clean so go and jump the river

  • tumishang.m.selamulela - 2012-06-01 19:33

    black ! white ! black ! white ! improve your argument and flush the race card.

      Sean - 2012-06-01 21:04

      race card will be used the 500 years !

      Vince.York - 2012-06-01 22:18

      @Sean, I am afraid you are probably right! However, is an "Albino" coconut black inside? LOL

  • Kevin - 2012-06-01 21:28

    let all pulic servants and politicians follow the madams lead - promise to resign if found guilty of corruption or theft or fraud or incompetence or murder - lets see how many have the guts to do this...!

  • mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-06-01 21:54

    Imagining south africa leading by women,meby there wil be socio-economic growth without crime.they want to prove Zile wrong,they will fail until the election

  • mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-06-01 21:55

    Imagining south africa leading by women,meby there wil be socio-economic growth without crime.they want to prove Zile wrong,they will fail until the election

  • mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-06-01 21:55

    Imagining south africa leading by women,meby there wil be socio-economic growth without crime.they want to prove Zile wrong,they will fail until the election

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-01 22:53

    ANC in their hearts is saying (siyoze silithole leliGQWIRA) one day we will get this witch-woman

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-01 23:17

    In ancient times they used to burn witches at the stakem :honorable women. unfortunately this culture is coming back.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-02 09:43

    put that in your pipe and smoke it SACP/ANC/COSATU

  • Winifred - 2012-06-02 11:04

    Egg in their faces, WOW, such a big fuss when other provinces are broke andd the money has been squandered. When an audit is called for and explanations all we hear is bibba bibba bibba and the lies roll off their tongues. Take your anger out in the rightful places and stop being petty. This is not about race, its about delivering to the people who matter. Stop this playing the race card and let the best man or woman do the job. After all is'nt that why our provinces vote for people to manage and serve us in these provinces. If that person does'nt perform in your province then do something about it dont pick on somebody out of jealousy for doing a good job. GROW up.

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