Zuma accepts protector's findings - report

2011-08-07 16:06

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has accepted the public protector's findings on the leases for two new police headquarters, and a recommendation of remedial action, reported the Sunday Tribune.

He did so in a letter to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi told the newspaper.

Madonsela was "happy" with the response, but urged Zuma to take action.

She told the Sunday Tribune, she expected Parliament to play an oversight role if no action was taken.

Masibi said Madonsela expected Zuma to "weigh the transgression and decide on the remedial action to be taken within a reasonable time frame".

She has given the department of public works and the police 30 days to submit action plans to her office and 60 days to implement remedial actions.

Madonsela found the lease agreements for the police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban improper and invalid. Her findings implicated police chief General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde in wrongdoing.

Last month, Madonsela said the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16bn over 10 years, and that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria, R604m over the same period.

  • Neil - 2011-08-07 16:20

    Whats the bet he did not even read it?

      Wes - 2011-08-07 16:42

      Could not read it as it had big peoples words

      JanTaks - 2011-08-07 17:00

      Neil What a snotty comment!!!

      Komasa - 2011-08-07 17:24

      Neil you always hang around on the fringes with your 'one liners'. Commit youself to a comment of substance for a change.

      Andrew - 2011-08-07 21:08

      Neil, what a worthless comment!!

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 22:23

      Fully agree with you. Can Zooomer even read?

      Neil - 2011-08-08 02:59

      @Andrew: Well,well,well... Which one was more worthless? Mine or yours informing me of mine being worthless? Tisk,Tisk...

      Dave - 2011-08-12 15:28

      what you all crying about, he's probably hit the nail right on the head...

      ReThan - 2011-08-12 15:33

      Yeah Dave that shower head got a little loose!

  • Carl - 2011-08-07 16:59

    Mr Zuma will remain quite, once again. Just like all major issues, he needs someone to tell him what to say. And it's Mr Zuma, not President. Real Presidents show leadership and don't merely fill a suit

      Martin - 2011-08-07 17:24

      Real Presidents should have a moral compass, guts and something resembling an IQ. Bring me my machine gun !!!!!!

      Jason - 2011-08-07 18:07

      What happened to the man of action? The reason he was sold to us!

      Met - 2011-08-07 18:49

      A man of action? Of course he is. You need a calculator to count the number of businesses of which he and his extended family are "directors"

      realist - 2011-08-07 18:52

      Zuma is used by malema and the sooner he is removed from power the sooner will malema be fighting from the outside.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-07 18:59

      - Okay, that's the first hurdle and the easy part. Unless it is followed by prosecution, conviction, punishment and the rolling of heads it's all pretty meaningless.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-07 22:24

      @Jason - we all know the only action he's capable of!

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-08-07 17:03

    Probably gave it to Julius as a manuscript for Wood work.

  • Jay - 2011-08-07 17:09

    President Zuma should accept that he is an incapable leader and resign.

      daniel.w.gie - 2011-08-13 05:39

      and get who in his place ....

  • Grant - 2011-08-07 17:25

    'President Jacob Zuma has accepted the public protector's findings on the leases for two new police headquarters, and a recommendation of remedial action.' Does this mean he will be taking any action? Will he actually condemn this behavior and undertake to see that these practises are curtailed? Discipline the guilty maybe? Or is he once again simply paying lip service while hoping something else will come up to divert the focus of interest?

  • Komasa - 2011-08-07 17:30

    Watch this space, who know's. I think tenders and leases should be handled outside of the government portfolio maybe by the public protector or a committee made up of all political parties in government.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-07 17:32

    A fact is a fact. Makes no difference whether you accept it or not.

  • justinkingsley - 2011-08-07 18:35

    R 1.16 billion over ten years. That is R 317, 808.22 a day! - every day for 10 years!

  • tryanything - 2011-08-07 18:54

    Bet it took less than 30 days to sign the disputed contract. Thuli's 30 days is more than enough time to sortout an explanation...

  • daBeast - 2011-08-07 19:16

    There WILL BE NO INTERVENTIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT. The Public Protector is fighting a lone battle. They immediately tried to implicate her in wrong doings. The President remained deathly silent and still does on this. There is NO way in HELL the President will censure or dismiss the GENERAL HAT AND SHOES MAN.SAME GOES FOR JULIUS "CAESAR" MALEMA OR ANY ONE ELSE. Simply because he PETRIFIED OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN AT THE UPCOMING ANC CONFERENCE. The President loves the world travels and the lime light that comes with this and will never give this up. What he fails to realise. "TALK IS CHEAP AND MONEY PAYS THE BILLS". in this instance Mr President."ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS". Therefore prove to the nation that you can and will make a difference in the lives of ALL SOUTH AFRICANS. This is how RESPECT is earned. It is not merely GIVEN!! because you are the President.

      tryanything - 2011-08-07 19:58

      Too bad the Ides of March is next year only..... Cassius has that lean and hungry look ....methinks he will starve though

  • Mike - 2011-08-07 19:49

    Of course, any half-decent Commissioner of Police and Minister of Public Works would have resigned immediately. The fact they haven't, and the fact they haven't been fired yet, speaks volumes for President Zuma's "leadership".

  • Heks - 2011-08-07 20:13

    First two comments spot on!

  • michael - 2011-08-07 22:04

    We need rational and effective discussion on what to do next in SA . Many people said that Zuma would never get elected and see what happened. There is no doubt that Zuma 'dumbed' down governance which had it's roots way before he took office but what should be of grave concern to ordinary people is the prospect of a new leader of even less governing intelligence to take over from Zuma. Our only hope is for an intelligent African leader to stand up who fully grasps the the principals of Western economics and uses the best points of African culture but not bound by them , to create a combined system that benefits the whole of SA . A pipe dream , you may say but the flip side is an SA catastrophe of note , with little help coming from a world economy in dire straights itself . Constant bickering and name calling is for kindergarden - we need courages people of the hour to step up to the plate as the fools and clowns are busy beating their empty drums with their demonic shrieking getting loader and loader. This is a great opportunity for a bunch of heroes to step forward or we can carry on bickering while the nation meekly goes to the slaughter and we all let this bunch of uneducated , greedy and demented moron's run riot until the music stops.

      Manyoza - 2011-08-15 14:53

      Mandela was awesome, but could not stay on forever. Thabo Mbeki was an astute and respected leader, but was removed prematurely. What happened next is hard to believe: the populist vote reared its head and now we have Zuma (rape and corruption questions = good lawyer)and Malema (populist vote, did not need to be intelligent). RSA needs intelligence urgently.

  • Van Ons - 2011-08-12 15:31

    I think its clear to all of us that the struggle is back, however this time we fighting a difference fight all together. We are fighting for survival, the misuse of our TAX,the looting of what we should all share in...... we are fighting for the future of our children and country.

  • Van Ons - 2011-08-12 15:32

    I think its clear to all of us that the struggle is back, however this time we fighting a difference fight all together. We are fighting for survival,the misuse of our TAX, the looting of what we should all share in...... we are fighting for the future of our children and country.

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-08-13 05:37

    the reason , Zuma is so quiet is because he's at Arthur Murray 's . Learning a new quick step , to dance out of this one . He cant sing his machine gun song , 'cos Cele is liable to shoot right back .. Gwen somewhere under the table .Rouxing the pot . yebo . corruption bredie .

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