Fire ex-ministers as MPs, party urges

2011-11-09 14:16

Cape Town - Axed Cabinet ministers Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Sicelo Shiceka should be dismissed as MPs, Cope said on Wednesday.

It was disappointing that the two were still Members of Parliament, after being stripped of their ministerial portfolios, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said.

"We demand to know from... President... Jacob Zuma why the two axed ministers continue to benefit from the government coffers when they have betrayed government through... dubious means."

Cope also wanted to know what steps Zuma was taking to recover the "huge amounts of money squandered" by Shiceka when he visited his girlfriend, jailed on drug-related charges, in a Swiss prison, and during his stay in luxury hotels in South Africa and elsewhere.

Zuma ‘unwilling to act’

Zuma further owed taxpayers an explanation about how much Mahlangu-Nkabinde cost the state in her controversial SA Police Service lease agreements deals, and what steps were being taken to recover the money.

"The ruling party should be ashamed to be retaining within its ranks individuals who betrayed public confidence and voter trust by unswerving violating their oath of office (sic).

"The existence of the two as [MPs] demonstrates the president’s unwillingness to act against those who are aligned to him."

Zuma needed to assure the public that government was serious about rooting out corrupt elements within its ranks.

"We therefore call on the president to release the two former ministers from their duties as MPs," Lekota said.

It was reported on Tuesday that Shiceka and Mahlangu-Nkabinde were still earning R840 000 a year salaries as ANC MPs.

ANC parliamentary caucus spokesman Moloto Mothapo told Beeld newspaper that neither of the two had resigned as MPs. Zuma sacked them on October 24.

MP perks

Both still earned salaries as ANC MPs and also enjoyed privileges such as 48 paid-for inland business class plane tickets a year, and 24 plane tickets for their spouses.

Shiceka, former co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister, and Mahlangu-Nkabinde, former public works minister, have been implicated in wrongdoing by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde's decision to allow two controversial building leases for the police, valued at R1.6bn, to go ahead, despite tender procedures not being followed and legal advice to the contrary, amounted to maladministration, according to a finding by Madonsela.

In a separate report on Shiceka, Madonsela found he had racked up more than R1m in travel costs for himself, his staff and friends in violation of the executive ethics code.

  • Mike - 2011-11-09 14:21

    This is unbelievable beyond imagination. Government= job for life.

      Felix - 2011-11-09 14:24

      and, job for wife.

      Vusi - 2011-11-09 14:34

      Isn't this a confirmation that all the corruption in this country is just swept in under the carpet? Why are these ministers still riding on the gravy train? What is the ANC? What do they stand for? I don't know anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mike - 2011-11-09 14:41

      Vusi is this not like musical chairs, standard procedure is redeployment even if you are sacked by the President and if no redeployment then you do nothing and continue to be paid

      Vusi - 2011-11-09 14:53

      @Mike. Mike as you already know, this is my gripe with them. They run this government like some idiot would run a corporation. How do fire somebody and then deploy them in your company as a cashier, just to continue stealing? Do you get the drift of my story? It is time someone with a bit of savvy and sophistication takes over! Why is Maria Ramos at ABSA and not in Government to grab these people by the nuts and talk sense into their heads? Or Jill Marcus? Why doesn't she stand up for us? She devoted her life fighting for us, why doesn't she say something?

      Ann - 2011-11-09 14:56

      UNBELIEVABLE! Vusi you are 100 % right as is Mike. Love comments from both of you!

      PB - 2011-11-09 15:17

      Vusi, you are so right! I've always thought that Maria Ramos is the ideal person to knock some sense into the clueless bunch of nanas that is currently running the country into the ground. But I think she is too outspoken for the likes of Zuuuuuuuuuuma and co.

      Henri - 2011-11-09 16:34

      Interesting comment from London Times: "SA is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth, such that their only solution is to take it from others."

  • David - 2011-11-09 14:39

    They will soon be re-deployed.. as ambassadors to 1st world countries!

      Vusi - 2011-11-09 14:43

      LOL LOL David! How could you NOT call us a 1st World country?????? Our Presidents and soon all ministers will each have a new Jet to go shop for Gucci in Hong Kong!!!!

  • David - 2011-11-09 14:57

    the anc and the anc alone should deal with its own members i n parliament. cope should clean its own house and not worry itself with the anc business. the anc is accountable to its voters and its members. if they are messing up then the voters would have joined cope if they were running a better organisation.leave the anc to run their party the way see best.

      Deon - 2011-11-09 15:05

      As MP's they are getting money from Tax payers. We as tax payers should make sure ANC clean up theire act.

      Vusi - 2011-11-09 15:09

      Thank you Deon. Few people in this country understand that this mess being created is all at the expense of the tax payers!!!!!

      David - 2011-11-09 15:10

      then we wont vote anc next elections. simple

      Xenon1 - 2011-11-09 15:16

      @David, just in case you don't know this : I, and every other economically productive citizen of this country, pay the salaries of ALL MP's. They (are supposed to) WORK for US. Therefor, COPE as well as everyone else, has a RIGHT to demand that these morons get out of parliament to make way for people with integrity and, at least, some common sense.

      PB - 2011-11-09 15:27

      David, are you for real?!? The problem with the anc is that they are running a 'party' - political and socially - at the expense of all of us who are in no way whatsoever willing to finance their jols. If they used their OWN money for their centeniary party, keeping corrupt ex-MP's on the pay roll Jetsetting, supposed conferences (which they hardly attend - too much shopping to be done in foreign countries), loans to fellow criminals such as the pathetic king of swaziland, legotlas (no idea of the spelling), KFC and yellow Tshirts for all the masses who would rather toyi-toyi than work - then fine, waste it. BUT THEY ARE USING THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY, WHICH IS NOT OK.

      Vusi - 2011-11-09 15:48

      Thank you PB! Everybody thinks God is gifting the ANC with all this spending money!

      nspaynter - 2011-11-09 16:44

      I agree with you 100%, David. It is the ANC's business. But that's the reason why I do not vote for the ANC because I am not happy with the way the ANC runs it's business. Most ANC supporters do not have a problem. That's their choice. I support the DA because it is serious about dealing with corruption within it's own ranks. There's now a problem in the Midvaal where the DA are in control. So far all the reports say that the DA welcomes the report and I am sure they are going to deal with those who are guilty. If not I will be upset and will considor refraining from voting for them.

  • Pat - 2011-11-09 15:55

    Tax payers money- hard earned sweat, some with tears and blood. What a joke they still getting paid????? Do we smell a dead rat?

  • Ron - 2011-11-09 19:32

    Our Constitution must be amended to bar any public servant found guilty of misconduct, corruption or any criminal offence from holding public office or remaining in the public service. They should also be named in a public service blacklist database, available for public scrutiny.

  • hvklein - 2011-11-10 07:24

    Zuma and his entire cabinet (with the exception of our finance minister) should be fired and investigated for corruption/nepotism. He will not take further action against those two because he may one day be in the same situation! Since Zuma took office he has "created jobs" for his cronies, in particular those who already have achieved a level of notoriety. Our democracy has deteriorated to kleptocracy and mob rule. The rest of the world is supposed to take us seriously - only in our government's imagination!

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