Zuma not 'passing buck' on lease report

2011-08-12 14:21

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma on Friday denied "passing the buck" and asking National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu to investigate Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on police lease deals.

Writing in his "Letter from the President" on the ANC website, Zuma also dismissed the idea he was not keen on certain departments being investigated.

The government was happy the Chapter 9 institutions were also contributing to the campaign against corruption - the public protector's office being one example.

Zuma said last Friday he had submitted a "preliminary report" to Sisulu responding to Madonsela's "most welcome reports". They relate to alleged procurement irregularities by the SAPS and public works department for police office accommodation.

"We sent our preliminary report to the Speaker Max Sisulu as we need to inform Parliament as to what we have done so far with a report that came from a Chapter 9 institution which is accountable to Parliament."

The president was also accountable to the National Assembly, he said.


"This action on our part appears to have caused confusion in some sections of the media and some of the opposition parties.

"Some opportunistically thought we were asking the speaker to investigate and were 'passing the buck’, which is false."

The preliminary report did not ask anything of the speaker or the National Assembly.

"We are duty bound to brief the speaker and the National Assembly on such an important matter. We will present our final report to the speaker as well, once it has been concluded," Zuma said.

Much work would take place to implement some of Madonsela's recommendations, especially relating to the possible flouting of the Public Finance Management Act.

Action would be taken against officials found to have violated the prescripts of the law, after following due process.

People had a right to be heard and respond to allegations against them.

‘On the right track’

"Contrary to the views that we may not be keen to investigate alleged corruption in some departments, such as [the] public works and police [departments], it is interesting to note that we signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit [SIU] to probe alleged irregularities in the building of 33 police stations, worth approximately R330m, at the request of the SAPS itself," he said.

"We are also probing procurement irregularities in the department of public works at the request of the department."

The government intended rooting out corruption. Zuma was satisfied it was on the right track with this campaign.

One example of the seriousness with which the fight against corruption was viewed, was the fact that 18 proclamations had been signed in one financial year.

"We directed the SIU to probe alleged corruption, maladministration, and misappropriation of government funds in government departments and in municipalities such as Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Midvaal, and others in the Western Cape, including at the SABC, to name a few."

Most of the SIU investigations were initiated by the affected ministers in the interests of fighting corruption in their departments. Other law enforcement agencies also had a number of corruption cases under investigation, Zuma said.

  • Felix - 2011-08-12 14:27

    Wonder if JZ is dissapointed with his son for being caught out?

      DW - 2011-08-12 14:41

      Its his nephew, not his son

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-12 14:58

      DW we will never know how many sons he got - screws everythin that has a panty!!

      Felix - 2011-08-12 14:59

      Oops :/

      daaivark - 2011-08-12 15:00

      Well, preferably without those panties.

      Marcell - 2011-08-12 15:03

      jz likes 'probing' and vaseline.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-12 15:19

      - The people dont believe anymore Zuma. Your delaying tactics , speak so much louder than your words. Only someone , with something to hide would adopt your lethargic approach. Spineless , indecisive and an accomplice to theft.

      Uthando - 2011-08-12 15:29

      I'm so sick of Zuma. He'a like a blood sucking insect - just draining.

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-08-12 15:43

      JZ is like SLIPPERY SAM

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-12 15:47

      Indeed mr Owl - He slipped and fell right into a HIV Women!!

      WhiteMalema - 2011-08-12 16:50

      He will be proud that his son, nephew, cousin-brother is following in her footsteps...yaas, she ees very proud.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-08-12 14:29

    The "president" of this country has NO back bone, can't make a call himself. If he does, those quilty will let rip on his fraud and corruption charges...simple as that, his cronies has info on him, the reason he can't call ANY shots. AGAIN, I call for a vote of NO confidence in the Zuma administration!

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-12 14:58

      I know what bone our PRez has!!! - 2011-08-12 15:09

      I second that motion

      rustic - 2011-08-12 15:35

      I agree. This man is a cancer to our country

      JMsays - 2011-08-12 16:06

      Signing papers and saying we are investigating...that's all the ANC does, talk, empty promises! How many corruption cases has been opened, hundreds, now how many of these F*ckers are in prison, mmmmm, NONE! So spare me your talk, weak little boy!

  • World Traveler - 2011-08-12 14:29

    A real president would not have waited so long to take action.

      Dominic - 2011-08-12 17:03

      Links: From President: Progress Report On The Implementation Of The Public Protector's Recommendations protector letter rotate.pdf From DA: President is evading addressing real issues in Public Protectors report

      alansmart223 - 2011-08-17 21:14

      .... waited so long to take action. You'r crazy... Tell me and thousands of others, WHAT ACTION HAS HE, OR WILL HE TAKE. He is part of the corruption gang.. even perhaps a senior in a the "Syndicate"

  • Slapper - 2011-08-12 14:32

    Of course he is not passing the buck… he is doing nothing, which may be worse. He is a spineless cretin, who should definitely not have the title of leader.

      Dr Filemon - 2011-08-12 14:43

      He is probably working out ways to spend his ill-gotten bucks. He will never pass them around

  • Mkushi - 2011-08-12 14:41

    "One example of the seriousness with which the fight against corruption was viewed, was the fact that 18 proclamations had been signed in one financial year." I think this is one example of proof of such mismanagement. To use the 18 as an example is really just saying we have a gravy train caused by us and that we do not have control or checks and balances.

  • THABO - 2011-08-12 14:47

    Promise Zuma a woman and a shower if he acts upon these deals then everything will move swiftly.

      Vlermuisman - 2011-08-12 15:02

      The PRez's favourate word - hapPENISs

  • KGB007 - 2011-08-12 14:47

    Ja, all the ANC is capable of doing is sign documents & hold binge eating meetings, but nothing ever gets done. I sure hope they feel guilty when they get their fat paycheck every month. Useless bunch!!

      zackie - 2011-08-12 16:38

      and issue million rand tenders to all their friends

  • willieman - 2011-08-12 14:48

    There you have it the man is not decisive.Why should Sisulu investigate he does not want to take responsibility if this ministers are fired.I can comfortably say Moeletsi Mbeki was right NO LEADERSHIP,Mr President your not worth it

      Dominic - 2011-08-12 15:26

      The public protector, Thuli Madonsela, has already conducted the investigation! The next step is not another investigation. The next step is remedial action. She has specified what it is. What we expect to see Mr President is the RESULT of your action.

      Dominic - 2011-08-12 15:30

      A clue for the president: Cele and Nkabinde should have been immediately suspended in February already, after Madonsela's first report.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-12 14:48

    Not passing the buck? what else can this be called? 'Avoiding" responsibilities? Maybe it is the ANC way? Certainly has become their modus operandi! JZ,Cele,Malema,Masepe and the fat cousins that raped Aurora,the are all the same! OOps,forgot Shaik...

  • Deckard - 2011-08-12 14:50 one actually cares what you say. Whenever you open your mouth some lie comes out. Please just step down and hand the reigns over to someone who actually cares about SA.

  • Mundu - 2011-08-12 14:52

    It's easy to write proclaimations...the ANC are very good at that. They suck at actually doing anything about it though. They think the SA public are so stupid that we will be satisfied by a proclaimation. Oh and Zuma, you still need to answer for your part in the Arms Deal...just in case you forgot about that.

  • Advocate - 2011-08-12 15:00

    Talk is cheap. We have the parlaiment full of convicted fraudsters (Travelgate), and they are still sitting there. If I apply for a job anywhere, I have to consent to a Kroll check (criminal and credit record). It seems Parlaiment is a safe haven for criminal jobseekers. The same Prez sidestepped the opportunity to clear his name of fraud, he did not utter a word about his own nephew stripping assets and defruading Aurora mines,stopped the armsdeal investigation. The list goes on and on. Off course he is not passing the buck. HE DOES NOTHING AS USUAL!

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-12 15:01

    Of course you are passing the buck, Zuma! As usual you are fence sitting and shuffling papers around on your desk instead of taking action. I will be absolutely astounded if any action is taken against Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde. They should be fired! Shabangu should be investigated.

  • mosali - 2011-08-12 15:01

    maybe Max Sisulu is actually our president - have you thought of that? what a slap in the face for the gracious lady Tuli who opened this can of worms, why does she have to have her report investigated she would not make it all up her report was given on facts

  • Ann - 2011-08-12 15:02

    Really now? I thought his lack of response was the actual response - he really was not interested and certainly didn't want to rock the boat, no matter how much it may be leaking.

  • Slingervel - 2011-08-12 15:03

    Zuma must be the worst president in the world! An absolute embarrassment for all us South Africans! Give this country another 10 years and it will be down the drain with these looters! And then they complain that the world doesn't give Africa any recognition!

      Marcell - 2011-08-12 15:08

      One word describe him. @sshole!

  • Lionel - 2011-08-12 15:07

    This guy's wiping his bum with the constitution; welcome to the banana republic.

  • RedData - 2011-08-12 15:11

    Mr President, (grr does not deserve a courteous address) - What about all the others, what about Malema - we have not forgotten NOW GO DO YOU JOB.

  • King Solomon - 2011-08-12 15:16

    Lots of investigating but NEVER any action!

  • Dieskim - 2011-08-12 15:17

    lead pills met eish, ja

  • Dirk - 2011-08-12 15:17

    Eish this dokment has got big words... JZ cannot understand what the document says so what to do... toss it to someone else like a hot potato .... spineless wimp ... Nothing will get done will be passed around until it is forgotten because there will be plenty more where that came from ...

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 15:22

    I actually support JZ here, as a leader, if you know someone else is more capable, you ask them for their help.

      Mundu - 2011-08-12 15:42

      Geez my German Shephard is more capable !

  • p123 - 2011-08-12 15:25

    No balls Zuma, don't want to nail your friends. Only times Zuma's balls work is when producing children!!!

  • mac-sdi - 2011-08-12 15:27

    words words words... RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS is what we want to see. not documents.

  • THABO - 2011-08-12 15:31

    By the way, when and where did BHEKI CELE hold the media briefing to respond to allegations levelled against him? just asking.

      Evalu - 2011-08-12 16:02

      @Thabo, he won't have any press briefing because the strategy to avert the embarassment is still to be concluded so that it looks like Public Protector's finding are misleading and flawed at best. Think of the disbanding of the scorpions... Again, did you really expect him to be fired so soon when it's a strategic deployment by the president? Of course not, it's a total embarassment...

  • PikeLee - 2011-08-12 15:31

    Funny how they do everything by the book only when it suits them...

  • amabok - 2011-08-12 15:40

    mafia state

  • les - 2011-08-12 15:41

    The investigations are praiseworthy....but what then.Any positive action or just cover ups and delays as in the case of Thulisile (Thuli) Madonsela's report.

  • rustic - 2011-08-12 15:47

    How can we believe you Mr. Zuma? You are the worst manager ever to darken parliaments front door.You and your administration have put our beloved country into a free-fall to mediocraty and possibly even anarchy.

  • Sanity_Check - 2011-08-12 15:47

    Shifting the focus a bit here...get on and do your job for a change!

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-12 15:49

    Oh come now herdboy, I never saw "afrikaans box" tatood on my forehead when last I looked in the mirror !!! You are running scared !!

  • $Sign - 2011-08-12 16:07

    There are far too many skeletons in the closet...the DA has gone the right route by ignoring the president who will not act for fear of ending up in jail himself.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-08-12 16:20


      Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-12 16:40

      tokoloshe I would love to give all the cabinet ministers an english grade5 school paper test. To prove they not even capable of reading a "document"

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-12 16:31

    Amazing how one single human being (like hitler and all the others in history) can stuff it all up for the rest. Remember zuma was not even directly put into office by the majority but by a 200 or so delegates at "polokwane" who of course represent the majority of the easily influenced youth. So here we sit today with a president we didn't even vote for and the peoples including the rest of the world refer to it as a democracy. What a joke!! more like a "DEMONOCRACY"

  • zackie - 2011-08-12 16:36

    dont expect any heads to roll why would zuma do anything about corruption when he himslef has a history of this in his past

  • Sammy - 2011-08-12 18:33

    Mr President,look up the word DECISIVE in the dictionary.

  • AcesHigh - 2011-08-13 01:31

    "Action would be taken against officials found to have violated the prescripts of the law, after following due process" How long is a "due process"? ... about as long as a piece of string possibly

  • whocaress - 2011-08-18 09:51

    white pig racists, he is not just Zuma for heven sake, he is President JG Zuma.

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