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Zuma protecting Joemat-Pettersson - DA

2012-12-03 13:27

Johannesburg - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is guilty of violating the executive ethics code and is getting away with it, the DA said on Monday.

"[She] seems to be escaping any real consequences for her actions," Democratic Alliance MP Annette Steyn said in a statement.

"The minister spent R1.6m on hotel stays in one year alone, including R400 000 for 28 days at one B&B [bed-and-breakfast]," she said.

"Yet, in October 2011, President Jacob Zuma fired the late Minister Sicelo Shiceka after the Public Protector found that his R840 000 stays at the One and Only in Cape Town and trips to Switzerland constituted a violation of the Executive Ethics Act."

Madonsela wants minister reprimanded

Steyn said this raised questions about the protection Joemat-Pettersson was getting from Zuma.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has recommended that Zuma should consider reprimanding Joemat-Pettersson for violating the executive ethics code.

Madonsela said the department's acting director general should recover about R150 000 which Joemat-Pettersson unlawfully incurred for return flights for her two children and their au pair from Sweden to South Africa in January 2010.

The minister travelled to Sweden in December 2009 on official business, but combined the trip with a family holiday, which started on 23 December, at the end of the official visit.

Madonsela also investigated whether Joemat-Pettersson used public funds to occupy expensive accommodation at hotels while awaiting the allocation of her official residences in Cape Town and Pretoria.

The City Press reported that Joemat-Pettersson claimed she cut short her holiday in Sweden and urgently flew back to South Africa - at a cost of R400 000 to the taxpayer - to help out with Zuma's wedding.

Report being processed

On Monday, the presidency said this media report and others had been "noted".

"The presidency is not aware of the said request," said presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.
He said Madonsela's report was being "processed".

"We urge that space be allowed for proper processing of the report and for the minister to be given the opportunity to respond to the president on the entire report. Speculation will not assist the process."

Steyn said she would put a motion to Parliament's National Assembly next year that Joemat-Pettersson be fired.

"President Zuma cannot be allowed to shield his political allies from the consequences of their actions," she said.

Comments
  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-03 13:30

    Do as I do, not as I say..

      arthur.tarr.3 - 2012-12-03 13:40

      African Way?

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-12-03 13:45

      R 400 000 for 28 days at a B&B...that's over R 14 000 per night!!!! "Fraud and corruption" The ANC motto!!!

      utopian.idealist - 2012-12-03 14:13

      Maybe she is the one holding his machine gun

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-12-03 14:22

      Go Steyn !! Joemat is totally useless, a waste of go clean air and water.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-03 15:05

      Soort kyk na soort! This woman is a parasite!

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-03 18:53

      This is one of the bigger disgrace that happens in this country and the bigger one is ZUMA.

      jakalas.kruger - 2012-12-03 21:28

      Just imagine you are a farm worker earning R70.00 a day and you must look at her arrogant idiotic smile...I would kill this bride of satan!

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-12-03 21:42

      Maybe she is the one holding the Spear of the Nation?

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-12-03 13:31

    She is a disgrace like many in her movement.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-03 14:11

      The problem is her transgressions are small fry compared to Zuma's. How can Zuma take steps against her if he is setting that kind of example of living in opulence in an ill gotten way. I don't blame her nearly as much as I blame the people that keeps on voting them into power. And just a pitty that the vast numbers of those supporting these corrupt individuals have never paid a cent in taxes and never will

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:32

      The thief must be brought to justice!

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-03 15:41

      She IS a "movement"....of the lavatorial type....she looks like Zuma's sister.....

      florence.clarke.92 - 2012-12-12 21:00

      She sure is. We are paying her salary. Makes me sic

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-12-03 13:31

    It's all about who can benefit off who in the ANC..

  • rsole.sole - 2012-12-03 13:32

    And the circus continues.

      leon.m.delport - 2012-12-03 17:17

      Rsole.sole.....agreed, Zipper has a circus and zoomer is the biggest clown in his own cirus!

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-12-03 13:36

    Well considering the ANC is corrupt to the core, if they did anything about corruption they wouldn't have any officials left...

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-12-04 15:27

      Wouldn't that be wonderful!

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-12-03 13:37

    I think I have worked out why Zumas friends call him 'Baba' It comes from Ali Baba and the 40 thieves.

      rontheogre - 2012-12-03 14:06

      Its just that Ali Baba and the 40 thieves also have so many children that also steal.

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:33

      so when shower head gets to his front door, he tunes "Open Sesame!"

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-03 20:54

      Except that Ali Baba was the good guy.

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-12-03 21:43

      You mean Ali Baba and the 400 000 thieves?

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-03 13:37

    ANC = Absolutely No Consequences until they are all OUT and on skid row

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-03 15:02

      Seems like December 21st will be more likely the end of SA rather than the end of the world. So that's what the Mayans were on about. When SA finally Bl@ksems off the cliff

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 15:08

      Mzwa, oooh sarcasm, what a novelty! Who else will congratulate your lord and master? Marikana miners?

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:40

      @mzwa, I doubt it, i think there will be better things to do besides congratulating the shower head thief.

  • aspruyt - 2012-12-03 13:38

    The whole government is a disgrace.

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-12-03 13:38

    People have the right to object findings by the public protector, people must remember that Thuli Madonsela is not the Messiah,Peterson has every right to be heard,we must hear her side of the story and stop making judgements, DA sucks!

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-03 13:42

      And let us ask Thuli that she also look at who paid for the dry cleaning bill of that beautiful fur coat. TJP surely should pay for the gravy stains removal herself?.......

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 13:55

      The emperor has NO CLOTHES and it's clear for ALL to see, all opposition and previous ANC stalwarts know what you've become - an infected dog with poisonous ticks like Pettersson that needs to be put down before it kills its owner - the SA public! Put a sock in it.

      rontheogre - 2012-12-03 14:12

      Michael, if the ANC will just allow the processes to run its course without interfering. Oh, and the DA does not suck. They declined Zuma the Spear's invitation to do so, that is why they are the opposition.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:26

      Michael woodbrain, why must these issues reach the PP in the first place? What about all those performance measures, management checks and disciplinary procedures for loose MP cannons?? Oh, that's right - worthless bureaucratic red tape to protect each other and keep the patronage system in check, lest it collapse like the house of cards it is. Ag, don't stress yourself if you cannot understand these concepts - you will find out for yourself what that means when the tax pot runs dry and the patronage bills can't be paid anymore. Joemat will be forced to eat her fur, and hopefully then the penny will drop for you.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-12-03 15:20

      Michael... in most democratic countries, if a politician is caught with his fingers in the till, he resigns... our politicians deny and claw like a barnacle to power, because there are never any consequences. Unless you cross JZ - then you get the book thrown at you, like Malema... Yes, she has the right to be heard. Yes there are processes in place and disciplinary enquiries. However, you must understand, the public protector is not a court of law or a part of the DA - it is an internal organ of government set up to investigate wrongdoing by politicians. They investigate and give the president their recommendations once they have discovered the truth... we do not know what he will do. he may give her a noddy badge and honorary membership of the Xhosa Nostra...

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-03 20:56

      Quite right, michael.jackwood. So let's hear her side of the story. When do you think that might be?

      herman.burger.5 - 2012-12-03 21:47

      No/ it is the anc that sucks, and sucks and sucks until they have sucked the entire country dry, just like the useless parasites they are.

  • omrisho.za - 2012-12-03 13:39

    aghhhh... so sick of this leeching... just wish that the majority would vote these thieving scumbags out once and for all - do it for south africa, c'mon please people...

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2012-12-03 13:58

      we court that deal with criminal activity, Thuli Madonsela also was appointed by President to do excellent job as she did. so don't fool voters, they know who are the breeders of corruption or mothers of corruption and bad evils zille knows that,

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:39

      Mandla, rather speak your own language, because then you can express yourself better and I can ignore your posts in the future.

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:45

      Mandla... Bitch please..

  • zs5zk - 2012-12-03 13:45

    Zuma is probably having an Affair with her hence his Protecting her and more news as follows: Sparks,How many buses or the average has gone through to the Western Cape as the DA in Cape Town does not know about them going to the Western Cape. This is surely a Farm INVASION (ZIM Style) coming up to morrow in the Wine farm Districts and from there when all attention is there, Later on in this Month the rest of Farm Invasions will start while a Substantial Farmers will be away. My opinion is that this message and other warnings should go Viral and if I am Wrong, I wil be Happy to be called a Scare Monger. about an hour ago · Like · Dislike Sparks Hounds Barry Pottie Potgieter I traveled a stretch of twenty km toward Queens town and in that stretch 60 mini buses and Quantum sized buses passed. Between that there were big double Decker`s going as well.It was literally bumper to bumper.Any farmer venturing to go away for Xmas with this threat known is a poephol or very wise.

      mandla.dlamini.524 - 2012-12-03 14:00

      millions of rands are produced by farmworkers but they hardly even to buy a bus ticket

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-12-03 14:23

      mandla can you refer us to any farm that you have personally checked their balance sheet and can confirm as a fact that they have millions of rand PROFIT. If not what's your basis for that claim. You just put shyte out there as if it's a fact.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-12-04 09:41

      Mandla isnt very smart, i think he's a farmworker. btw, saying someone is making millions of rands of profit doesnt tell you very much on its own. even if it were true, it may sound a lot, but what is the ROI ? return on investment. lets say your farm costs R 50 million and you make 3 million rand profit in a year ... that is only a ROI of 6%. the farmer may as well quit farming, sell his farm and put it all in a bank and gain interest. he would be in exactly the same position. basically, there would be ZERO incentive to farm, even though he is supposedly making millions. so instead of simply focussing on what his profit is, have a look at what his ROI is too.

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-12-03 13:45

    "The City Press reported that Joemat-Pettersson claimed she cut short her holiday in Sweden and urgently flew back to South Africa - at a cost of R400 000 to the taxpayer - to help out with Zuma's wedding." So, the President's umpteenth wedding is now government business....? She (and/or President Zuma)should personally foot the full R400,000 bill.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:06

      Simon, I like your sarcasm! You are super intelligent.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-12-03 14:33

      We as taxpayers are tired of funding Zuma's private life. This is not state business and if she decides to 'help out with Zuma's wedding' it is at her own expense , not taxpayers. This is a matter of theft not just being reprimanded, and should be dealt with in court. She should not be allowed to pay the money back and get away with it......... Lay a charge of theft and let her face the courts !

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:46

      @Simon, yar expanding the Zuma family hey? Dude its your freakin money she is stealing as well, don't forget! That person is taking money out your children's mouths!

  • ari.potah - 2012-12-03 13:48

    Zooma probably fancies his chances with Tina and his protection comes with a hint. After all, she could be considered ever so slightly more attractive that Sicelo - not that Zooma minds, though.

  • ernest.leshega - 2012-12-03 13:51

    our TAXEs are not safe. as long as this countgry lead by the people who think for their pockets not people. the fat cat they defending each other. the poorer they will remaining poor. change is needed athough is painfull

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-03 15:47

      100% Ernest! These people are thieves!

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-03 13:52

    Our esteemed leadership. 400 circus clowns out of work, and we have this lot in charge.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-03 14:02

    how do you reprimand a minister ? i mean you just give a smack on her forhead

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-03 14:07

      and say you silly thing !

      croix.mactee - 2012-12-03 15:32

      You klap it on those ample lips with a thick plank?

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-12-03 14:02

    Who should fire her? Zuma? Zuma himself need to be fired. Anyway, she prepared Zuma's wedding, she's a good woman. The question is, how many times has Zuma nyao'ed in her?

  • Klaus - 2012-12-03 14:03

    Those lips and that spear............

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2012-12-03 15:26

      Hahaha!

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:04

    No shame. No conscious. No fear of consequence. The psychotic and criminal elements of the ANC now rule that organisation, and they are drunk with power and excess. How is it 'normal' to have all these excessive perks as a public servant? Sweden?! Well done, Joemat, you are now more larney than all those so-called 'apartheid beneficiaries' that have never set foot inside that European country (talk about HYPOCRITE!) And then to have the temerity to use tax payers' money to return to service the King...I mean attend Showerhead's seventh wedding? Thumbs down me to hell, people - Joemat you're a whore, a government hooker, as a little monster would say, pure vulgar trash. This while your portfolio is burning. Sick, you are. Be destroyed, you must!

  • Erna - 2012-12-03 14:04

    There's a wonderful column written in the Citizen by Douglas Gibson on this story - worth reading.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-03 14:09

    zuma cann't fire a woman, he couldn't with angie.

      Erna - 2012-12-03 14:15

      Shows you what a weak president he is.

  • Erna - 2012-12-03 14:10

    I suppose the "presidency" is applying his mind - could take some time.

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-12-03 14:13

    Dont these UF ever read the comments that are written. Maybe its time they did, as amore than a few are getting really PISSED OFF with their grubby fingers in the public till. Time to do something about it. Get rid of the cleptomaniacs.!

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-12-03 14:17

    Which B and B in the country charges R14,285 per night? Where in the famous Minsterial handbook is this level of expenditure on accomodation allowed? Since when is a cabinet ministers time, which is paid for by tax payers, allowed to be spent on "assisting with the presidents wedding"? Where was the internal checks and balances which should have prevented this from happening in the first place? And why the hell should we even be asking these questions of a cabinet minister, who's ethics and prudence should be beyond reproach? All ministerial and cabinet expenditure should be audited quarterly by an independant body of auditors, paid for by the tax payer, and the results including highlighting of area's of non-compliance, must be published in the papers to prevent cronies from covering up the unbeleivable levels of wasteful expenditure the JZ Government has become famous for.

      Pieter van Staden - 2012-12-03 14:42

      In SA you have two sets of laws, one is for the anc and the other is for us the public. Read animal farm again, you will recognize SA all the way. Clever man that Mr Orwell.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-03 14:23

    Yep we are truly en-route to that famous banana republic that most of our neighbours north of the border already live in. Now to congratulate the leader who put us in that mess, the voters award him with a second term unchallenged. The whole situation is totally beyond my comprehension

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-12-03 14:25

    yup, this useless tart is being protected, most probably gives the giggling retard a nob-gobble on a regular basis.

  • brenda.dick.714 - 2012-12-03 14:34

    People are slaves because of their own doing. Slaves to the monetary, political and corporate systems. It is called the modern world. Politicians know this and use it to their personal advantage. They have resigned to the fact that the world is corrupt and all they are doing is taking the biggest piece of the cake they can get. Well, unless we destroy the monster that we created ourselves, this will continue until the end of the world. What kind of legacy are we leaving our children if we lack the courage to change the corruption today? It will not be easy as hard choices will have to be made.

  • thomas.g.loeser - 2012-12-03 14:36

    Maybe it is high time that issues like these, where it is a straightforward case of "misappropriation", should be handled directly by the courts, without the chance of political involvement ( or should I rather say, political favour ) Maybe, and just maybe, Zuma, in his 2nd term ( heaven help us ), should be a figurehead, and not a decision maker? Then maybe some progress by clear thinking people?

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:59

      Yes, Zuma should be a figure head. Prince of the Zulus. He can stay in Nkandla with his extended family, produce and be jovial far away from civilization. We can wheel out Zuma when we need comic relief for delegates from the developed world. He can dazzle them with his village charms and local ditties, including that one about his mini uzi.

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-03 14:42

    Blah bla blah the DA is seeking revenge because the minister supprted the farm workers. To hell with DA. Attention seekers.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 14:54

      Mawandewonderman, I am sure that is how things appear to your juvenile sensibilities, where very action is emotionally motivated. But sush now, child - grown ups are talking and we are talking facts..."The minister spent R1.6m on hotel stays in one year alone, including R400 000 for 28 days at one B&B [bed-and-breakfast]" "Madonsela said the department's acting director general should recover about R150 000 which Joemat-Pettersson unlawfully incurred for return flights for her two children and their au pair from Sweden to South Africa in January 2010"...it seems you didn't read the article, because you only read the first 160 characters!? (Damn Twitter and its adverse effects on young minds!)

      Deon - 2012-12-03 16:01

      We all know nothing will happen until next year, Mr Zuma is applying his mind and it takes time.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-12-04 13:35

      Go stick it in a pipe and smoke it.. You're SO full of S.. mean hot air!

  • anton.briel.5 - 2012-12-03 14:47

    Zuma and his cronies are putting Alibaba and the 40 thieves to shame. Theft, corruption, more theft, this is what this stinking, corrupt ANC government is made off. This is why all African state's leaders cling to power, they have tasted the money and they will never give it up. These people are all the same, born this way, it is in their nature to steal, murder, rape and vandalize. Of course Zuma will protect this woman, she flew back to come help him with his wedding arrangements, what do you expect? Just like his compound and his brothers houses which were paid for by tax payers money. Thats also the reason the ANC wants him to serve a second term, because as long as he is in power, their pockets will continue to stay full of our money. Sies, you bunch of thieving, corrupt bastards. Bloody agents.

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 15:01

    Dear News24 editors, please keep on deleting my comments. I can write them faster than you can delete them, morons!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-12-03 15:08

    Zuma and this useless ANC cow are the type of people that would steal the easter eggs from an orphanage, the bridle from a nightmare,the wheels off a mis-carriage and the steam from your piss............bottom line.

  • halalisaniphilani.mahaye - 2012-12-03 15:16

    You can see through the tunnel,there is sound coming,saying ZUMA!ZUMA.There comes Mangaung.

      mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 15:27

      Your point. What is it?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-12-03 15:22

    Birds of the feather, flock together.

  • mark.corrigan.3910 - 2012-12-03 15:39

    This is NOT wasteful expenditure. This is NOT corruption. When we look at this in the context of the inequality and poverty of our country, we must call this what it REALLY is: TREASON.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-12-03 15:40

    R400 000 just to help with Zuma's weddng! When wil this debacle end?

      joanie.nagy - 2012-12-04 06:04

      It is not going to end if we the public don't take a stand. Voicing our opinions on these forums are useless and a waste of time! It feels like we're sitting in a theatre and watching a show!! Sick and tired of bribery, corruption and the thieving goverment. The wheel will turn, but when...too late?

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-03 15:43

    Changed my mind, the Pres must repremind the minister as Thuli Madonsela states. How? He must ask for a one night stand at that luxury Nkandla compound. Now that's irresistable. Mmmmmmmm

  • Novo911 - 2012-12-03 15:55

    The sad thing is their blatand ignorance and stupidty doesnt seem to bother them

      tebogo.bogoshi.5 - 2012-12-03 16:15

      wats new? Lets not 4get da famous words 4rom 1 smuts ngonyama i did not join da struggle 2 be poor.

  • mzo.bhane - 2012-12-03 16:08

    We will deal with this after Mangaung, Relax people, let give Zuma a Second term, then you will see, All roads to Mangaung now, can't you see?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-12-04 13:19

      Dude, then your roads all lead to hell.. let's hope your 'road' was acquired fair and square and NOT 'fraudulently' nxe!

  • jerome.rothman - 2012-12-03 16:11

    Government failed ministries - Dina. Joemat,Angy,Mildred,Lindiwe - does not look like Zumas women can come to the party

  • Terence Hermanus - 2012-12-03 17:03

    mzo... you must have a very low i.q.... i.e intelligence quotient... no real democratic country would EVER vote for someone with his education and accusations prior to his becoming president... none zero nata... when all of the guys like you have died out... then we will grown like the superpowers... i hope to see that day... so do us a favour and be the first one... thank you... :)

  • leon.m.delport - 2012-12-03 17:13

    How long will Thuli Madonsela be able to remain in her position doing what she is doing?

      bobby.rosewood.1 - 2012-12-03 21:02

      she is appointed for 7 years. It is almost impossible to make that undone.

  • aubrey.christie - 2012-12-03 19:02

    Dogs gather all sorts of fleas they all live of the host.

  • gus.fernandes.7 - 2012-12-03 20:39

    On her say so the grounds of the Lord Charles hotel in Somerset West were transformed into 4 massive tents and portable kitchens for a massive useless jamborie for her department. The reputed cost was R10 million. She said at the time that her people deserved 5 star treatment. Where do they FIND these people?

  • davy.botha - 2012-12-03 20:58

    He will not reprimand Joemat because she is part of the fraud sindicate that Zuma runs. They include Nxesi, Blade, Angie, Mac and Mothepe to name a few!

  • David - 2012-12-03 21:27

    What's new? She is unable to spell agriculture, let alone be the minister!

  • jansteyn4 - 2012-12-04 00:13

    R800 mil buys a lot of forgiveness. It also buys a lot of votes this month. Meanwhile our fishery research and patrol fleet lays and rots in Simonstown for almost a year. Fracing FRENCH medals for the lapdog and FRENCH nuke plants for the boss.

  • LishaMgq - 2012-12-04 07:55

    Slowly but surely Mac Maharaj is turning into a stinkin fat weasel! The man has no integrity when will he stop tellin lie on zumas behalf?

  • sabelo.mcondobi.7 - 2012-12-04 12:32

    Maybe the public should understand that the fact that Thulie Madonsela recommend Tina Joemat Peterson be reprimanded does not translate into saying President Zuma will reprimand. Madonsela is not running this country as a President but employed by the anc and the President to be the public protector. These lamentations by the opposition are nothing but an interference with the work of the President. We are informed of the fact that the opposition is dreaming of running this country but its only a dream

  • martin.warburg.5 - 2012-12-12 20:31

    She should be reprimanded for her incompetence in Fisheries and her incendiary role in the the Farm Uprising as well. Actually she should be fired. But then, so should Zuma!