Curb wasteful legal spending, Mashatile told

2011-07-29 18:02

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has called on Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile to put in place procedures to stop wasteful legal spending by his department.

In a statement on Friday, DA arts and culture spokesperson Annelie Lotriet said the party had noted with dismay that the Pan South African Languages Board (PanSALB) had spent R5.4m in legal fees to dismiss its former CEO, Ntombenhle Nkosi.

This total was revealed in a written reply by the minister to a parliamentary question.

"PanSALB had paid Nkosi R1 896 206 while on suspension since February 20 2009, and also paid R5 471 829 in legal bills to cover the costs of the trial. The minister noted in a handwritten comment, 'It is unacceptable to spend so much on legal fees for such cases'.

"The DA agrees completely and calls on the minister to institute procedures in the arts and culture entities that curb abuses of paid suspensions, and reduce the costs and time necessary for reaching a legal conclusion to disciplinary matters," Lotriet said.

Nkosi had been charged with 14 counts of misconduct.

"She was suspended over two years ago on full pay, was found guilty of misconduct in an independent forensic investigation, then more recently found guilty through formal court proceedings. She was finally dismissed, six months after the court decision, on June 29 [this year]."

Lotriet said the DA would write to Mashatile "to urge him to implement the necessary procedures that would make such wasteful legal expenditure impossible in the future".

  • THE.SRG - 2011-07-29 18:11

    Now we will have a bunch of anc members trying to get suspended cause they will still get paid...two years of getting paid for doing nothing,oh sorry,for being a criminal...What a joke

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-29 18:21

      "dont worry,you guilty but we will squeeze in another 6 months for you"

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-29 19:44

      now this is a good joke lol.....

  • Lorax - 2011-07-29 18:17

    Rotten to the core. Mashatile and Gallery Momo so up each other's butts - Venice Biennale selection was entirely underhanded. Gallery Momo practically owned by the ANC - only 'their' artists were chosen to represent SA. Nobody elese stood a chance. So much money changing hands, it's shocking.

  • Delta Roger - 2011-07-29 18:41

    R5,4..m in legal fees. We really have a bunch of ar%e ho*#s running the country,sorry legal thugs.No money for service delivery. Who else shared in the salary while on suspension. How much was kick back from the legal fees? The voters need to catch a wake up, but, they are so dumb, they will continue to vote the crooks in.

      tryanything - 2011-07-29 19:55

      Just got my rates bill Got that funny threaded feeling up my bum..

  • v3 - 2011-07-29 18:48

    Will Matshatile, as the Accounting Officer, attempt to recover the fruitless and wasteful expenditure as he is obliged to do in terms of the Public Finance Management Act?

  • Rapier - 2011-07-29 19:03

    "And the band plays on!" - I am yet to hear about ONE aspect of the ANC machine working....for the good of the people on the ground, who they have been ELECTED to represent. Yet we get their spin doctors coming in and justifying their every action!

      Skuinskoek - 2011-07-29 22:58

      "they" do not read newspapers, "they" have 'freedom??????????????????' - "the houses, stoves, cars, etc" will still come, like "we" have promised. It's all the conspiracies of apartheid that's holding it up - GIVE US ANOTHER CHANCE!!! We need more fluff and feathers to line our nests.

  • kwidinihq - 2011-07-29 20:04

    if you support anc and you currently have been looking for a job you need to change your party , because if you have been involved in strikes and vandalism or find it hard to make it in life change your party . Da is what you need.

      mabebeza - 2011-07-29 22:50

      DA ....Never

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-07-29 20:27

    Something is very rotten and smelly in the state of government

  • Anonymous123 - 2011-07-30 14:31

    Anonymous South Africa to raise world wide awareness for government corruption and censorship in South Africa and provide information on how to protest in relative safety see.

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