DA backs protector, points finger at Zuma

2011-07-22 17:34

Cape Town - It is up to President Jacob Zuma, not Parliament, to ensure steps are taken against "those found guilty of misconduct", the Democratic Alliance said on Friday.

The DA was deeply concerned by the apparent disregard of senior ANC members for the mandate of the public protector's office, DA spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.

"Comments by ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa that Parliament should table, debate, and, if necessary, amend the Public Protector's report on the dodgy SA Police Service (SAPS) lease deals are deeply problematic," she said.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that national police commissioner Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde's conduct was improper, unlawful, and amounted to maladministration.

Madonsela also called for action to be taken against those implicated in her report.

"It is now up to President Jacob Zuma, not Parliament, to ensure that the necessary disciplinary steps are taken against those found guilty of misconduct," Kohler-Barnard said.

The independence of the protector's office was guaranteed by the Constitution. Parliament had no mandate whatsoever to amend the protector's report, despite what Phosa asserted.

"It is not Parliament that is 'supreme', as Mr Phosa argues, but the Constitution.

Real leadership

While there might be merit to Parliament discussing the report to facilitate the oversight process and ensure that the executive acted on its findings, the decision about what action would be taken against those found guilty of wrongdoing could, and should, be made by the President alone, she said.

It was unacceptable that, more than a week after Madonsela released her report into the SAPS lease deals, neither Zuma, nor Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, nor Cele, nor Mahlangu-Nkabinde had commented directly on the report's findings.

"These are not the actions of an administration that respects transparency, accountability, and the constitutional mandate of the Public Protector.

"Now is the time for President Zuma to show real leadership, to show that he is serious about combating corruption and maladministration and, importantly, to show that he is able to put the needs of the country ahead of the needs of his party.

"Those implicated in the public protector's report simply must be held to account, rigorously and visibly so, for the manner in which they conduct their affairs," Kohler-Barnard said.

Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma was still "working" on Madonsela's report.

"The president is currently attending to the contents of the report."

He had to, among other things, engage with Mthethwa and Mahlangu-Nkabinde on the content.

In dealing with a matter of such seriousness, it was imperative that due process be followed, Maharaj said.

  • keng - 2011-07-22 17:43

    What an absolute joke. This is why they want the secrecy bill. They probably want to ensure that things like this never come into the light. They aren't working on anything, any half baked legal adviser will tell them "games over"

      ahpretorius - 2011-07-22 22:01

      Unfortunately it is not surprising that the corrupt Jacob Zuma has not acted against the clown Cele. After all, who gave Cele an instruction to sign the lease with Zuma's friend...

      Chika01 - 2011-07-23 07:42

      zuma must take action, if not I see nothing good for our future. When will JZ realise that this is the tuning point, if he does not show that he actualy has a spine History will forever remember. WE the public DEMAND swift and desisive acion against the blatantly coruppt, this is not about race, we are now in a battle for our childrens very future.

  • keng - 2011-07-22 17:49

    I have actually taken the time to go through the public prosecutors report and it is very very damming. For example the police Commissioner signed off on the lease agreement TWO MONTHS before his mate then purchased the said buildings. The report is excellent it shows how they broke just about every law known to man and the treasury. Don't make this a racial thing both black (SAP) and white were objecting to what was obviously a con only to be sidelined.

      Left Screwed - 2011-07-22 19:06

      Keng, now go and check from whom the Pretoria building was bought, and now check with whom Cele spent the christmas holidays with. The smell of corruption will now be to strong to ignore.

      cliffarc - 2011-07-23 10:16

      - Hmm - two corrupt police chiefs in a row - even by Anc standards that's gotta be a new record. And the Anc circus rolls along.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-07-22 18:03

    Enough of these corrupt politicians! Give us a government, ANY government, that does their job, and it not racist, and South Africa CAN be great!

      sipholess - 2011-07-22 18:17

      Agreed Tamara, but it will be done the ANC way and there is nothing anybody can say that will change the outcome. The ANC is the law in the new banana republic.

      Mad Dog - 2011-07-22 21:25

      Time to get these gangsters OUT!! Zuma.. Get Gone!!

      Marcell - 2011-07-22 23:59

      Comrade comes before country.

      Liberty - 2011-07-23 02:35

      @marcell and so do lining their pockets, servicing their wives, bling and expensive parties

  • George - 2011-07-22 18:04

    Well done Public Protector and Diane KB.....GIVE THEM HELL !!!!!

  • Gomez - 2011-07-22 18:12

    It is the ANC supporters that should stand up here and make their voices heard.Yet there is a dead silence.It is almost as if the ANC supporters regards it as OK if a government official squeezes out a few extra bucks here and there.We hear nothing from the Youth league.It just goes to show how corrupt these people are and then they have the nerve to call themselves leaders.Now other parties has to do the job that the ANC supporters were supposed to do the very next day after this report was released,demanding the dismissal of mr you know who.

      Left Screwed - 2011-07-22 19:14

      Gomez I no longer look at the newspaper for reports of of corruption, that's a given. I only read the papers to see how much they stealing or getting away with. There also seems the ANC have no shame of their conduct towards the people who put them in the places of trust.

      Gomez - 2011-07-22 19:29

      Spot on Left Screwed.It is such a shame.

      Marcell - 2011-07-23 00:01

      anc supporters see it as white money that was stolen and paying for this. So, for them it is legal.

      tryanything - 2011-07-23 13:57

      Well as the whites run out so will their money....and then what?

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-22 18:14

    I have just realised that it is of no use at all for any of us to sit tapping our foot in expectation of a timely reponse from our incredibly intelligent and efficient President. So many things to do - so little time! If it would help, I'll make the decision for him?

      Dominic - 2011-07-22 19:35

      I had one wife once... time consuming business. Just imagine having three... or is it four? He's divorced from at least one... then there's the extra-marital ones who want attention... and that Libyan with all the oil money - got to get some of that... and what's she doing here? Says her name is Thuli... Am I married to her as well? Must be because she's like all wives - always complaining. I'll just sneak out the back door and go play a game of golf with Schaik...

  • Whitepig - 2011-07-22 18:15

    The way these guys are looting our money it's as if they know something we don't like perhaps the world is ending next year so let's loot as much as we can..what have we done to Thabo Mbeki?! now we are getting what we deserve by voting JZ into office>>never again shall I vote for the flippin ANC never...

      Worldwise - 2011-07-22 20:20

      You actually voted for them? You couldn't see through their lies after 17 years? You deserve what you get.

      Mad Dog - 2011-07-22 21:27

      The anc has just so many days left in office, they gota get at the loot in that time. Rush!

      Marcell - 2011-07-23 00:05

      Whitepig: I feel sorry for you that you still believe in their lies. But then again, if you are stupid you must take responsibility for your actions and suffer.

  • Dan - 2011-07-22 18:18

    ANC will remain corrupt to the core. An absolute shameless and incompetent leadership crisis!!!

      Dave50 - 2011-07-23 10:34

      No matter what is said the voters will put them back in power at the next election, just be gratefull they lost the 66% majority. as Julius said or supporters dont mind!If we do get rich

  • edalsg - 2011-07-22 18:30

    Zuma has never heard of diciplinary action . Now we have Maharaj involved ---its a gang of crooked Black Mafia . What a useless lot of "humanity".

  • Bravo - 2011-07-22 18:45

    One thing that Zimbabwe has taught us and that is the government of the day in Africa is NOT answerable to anyone. They do not give a damn about reports, public protectors and the like - these are relics of a colonial past and dont fit into the African way of governing. Mark my words, nationalisation of mines and banks is a forgone conclusion with these guys,nevermind the take over of land - all without compensation. We can say as much as we like that it will never happen because of the constitution etc. These guys are predictably unpredictable. You can bet your house on this.....!!

      cliffarc - 2011-07-23 10:32

      - Constitution , what's that ? - They'll trample on that inconvenient little document in their unrelentless greed and lust for power.

  • Rapier - 2011-07-22 18:45

    Nero fiddled whilst Rome burnt and HE was infamous for extravagance and profligacy. Could the current ANC political incumbents be the new emulators of African decadence across the spectrum - if not, they are making a damn good job of trying!

      Left Screwed - 2011-07-22 19:19

      The problem is this lot cannot only FIDDLE, but also STEAL without batting an eye lid. The ANC members are a talented lot.

  • Kaltie - 2011-07-22 19:00

    Now we expect the corrupted to act against the corrupted?

  • Dominic - 2011-07-22 19:06

    Now is the time for President Zuma to show real leadership, to show that he is serious about combating corruption and maladministration and, importantly, to show that he is able to put the needs of the country ahead of the needs of his party." Um... with all due respect Dianne - What have you been smoking? Can I have some?

      Rapier - 2011-07-22 19:54

      He(Zuma) is a very poor leader. He would have made a very good Tribal Leader - but THIS job is beyomd his intellectual capabilities. He is actually embarassing and should bow out before it is too late.

      tryanything - 2011-07-23 14:00

      Dominic if that part of the brain is not there it wont work....

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-07-22 19:16

    By all means, the president should follow due process, even in trivial matters. It should be noted, however, that "due process" is not an euphemism for "drag your heels". At least he knows it is a serious matter. Good start, I guess.

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-22 19:17

    How do you tell when Maharaj is lying? You all know the answer.

      tryanything - 2011-07-23 14:00

      Same as when a used car salesman is lying....

  • safferoverseas - 2011-07-22 19:44

    what is just as scary is that mathews phosa wants to amend the report! what, to show that there is nothing illegal about the whole thing? yeah ok, you may as well, because you are robbing the country blind anyway. don't forget, my former gardener wants a handout as well, he voted for your thieving asses.

      Saffer - 2011-07-23 10:15

      .. just like they 'amended' the Arms Deal report back in 2002

  • bj - 2011-07-22 20:39

    Guys Guys come on! Haven't you forgotten how JZ the Kingpin of them all circumvented the law in his own corruption trial? Why are you surprised at what is going on? He has shown them the way! Viva the gravy train!!!

  • Andrew - 2011-07-22 21:26

    I really hope Zuma does a big "cover-up" for his cronies Cele, and Mahlangu-Nkabinde. In the short-run a bad thing but the electorate both those living in the rich suburbs and the poverty-stricken, unemployed living in the informal settlement have had enough. In the end the present ANC leadership will destroy the ANC. I just hope this happens before they destroy the country!!

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-22 21:28

    Due process and a touch of SPEED! Next Zaporo will draw anchors lashed to Zuma's feet! Vote DA in the next elections! Give the anc a fright! Ha!

  • John - 2011-07-22 22:35

    The whole government is guilty of maladministration. Not just Zuma.

  • Louis - 2011-07-23 13:37

    I wonder how much kickback Cele was getting from the deal

  • mze - 2011-07-23 13:47

    Zuma is the herd-boy who was taught to read and write by the incarcerates at Robbin Island. He may have difficulty in reading and comprehending the contents of the PP's report. Give the man a break please, he needs time!

  • daniel.w.gie - 2011-07-24 18:46

    You guys have it all wrong , Zuma is waiting for Malema to advise him . Geez , Maybe god is gonna help ?

  • Gregory - 2011-07-30 06:15

    They gravy train speeds up . Becoming overloaded like the taxis. Just a matter of time before it crashes. The gravy so thick they eating it with forks.They gravy train speeds up . Becoming overloaded like the taxis. Just a matter of time before it crashes. The gravy so thick they eating it with forks.

  • Legas - 2011-07-30 10:32

    Lock them all up and throw away the key.

  • Anonymous123 - 2011-07-30 14:25

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  • Manelisa - 2011-08-02 17:27

    i'm sure Zuma is stil looking @ d report jst lik he's stil looking Shiceka's offences. We need a president with guts, protecting corrupt officials raises concerns on the involvement of d president in d dealings. The fact that d previous minister was fired for suspending the deals, tells us the President knws more abt the deals than he's telling. The only investigation he's doing to the report, is trying to clear he's name and making offers to d accused ministers for their silence. There's a big storm brewing in d ANC, just watch the space

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