Leaked report shelves fisheries probe

2012-10-18 22:46

Johannesburg - The fisheries department said on Thursday it had put on hold a probe into procurement irregularities because a forensic report had been leaked to the DA.

"The department notes the recent developments as having gravely compromised the integrity of the investigation," said spokesperson Steve Galane.

"The department has lost faith in the work of Ernst & Young, and as a result of these concerns has resolved to put the investigation on hold until further notice."

The Ernst & Young forensic interim report was about alleged procurement irregularities.

It related to goods and services bought by the Marine Living Resources Fund from Smit Amandla Marine Services Pty Ltd (SAM).

It confirmed substantial evidence of irregular contracts awarded to SAM, or different guises thereof, from 1995 to 31 March 2012.

Galane said the report leaked to the Democratic Alliance was different to the one presented to acting director general Sipho Ntombela and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

"The Ernst & Young report to the department did not mention names of individuals. However, the report that is in the DA’s hands explicitly points to specific individuals," he said.

The DA said it was not likely that the department had received a different report.

"This is highly implausible, unless it was doctored by worried officials before being delivered to her [Joemat-Pettersson's] office," DA MP Pieter van Dalen said in a statement.

"The department is 'shocked and disappointed' that the DA has its hands on the report, but that is clearly a red herring," he said.

Van Dalen said the department had put the investigation on hold because the report "doesn’t suit the minister’s blame shifting agenda".

"This raises the question of how the department under investigation could possibly have the jurisdiction to stop that same investigation," he said.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-18 22:58

    LAME EXCUSE.... I suppose any excuse not to investigate corruption is a good excuse, but I must admit, this one is seriously original!!

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-19 10:10

      How Convenient. Is there just one shred of credibility left in our current government ? Oh yes, Thuli Madonsela and her own are doing their utmost to shred her credibility as she stares down hard on their collective kleptomania.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-19 16:28

      I wonder why... too many CancER big wig with a finger in the pie.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-18 23:07

    This excuse is there because fingers was pointing to the minister that she did not like. You can kick, scream, blame, in the end it will all come out. In which guest house is the minister sleeping tonight on taxpayers money.

  • tobydt - 2012-10-18 23:20

    Are you sticking with that excuse?

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-10-19 00:11

    Obviously not enough fish in the sea.............

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-19 03:28

    Something Fishy going on here

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 06:03

    By now you should now that any excuse is good enough for that minister. She must be very deep into the pockets of SAM.

  • guy.bishop1 - 2012-10-19 06:11

    What's with all the cloak and dagger stuff anyway? So what if it was leaked?! Continue with the objective which is to nail the corrupt scum stealing our money!

  • guy.bishop1 - 2012-10-19 06:16

    @Tshepho, don't you see the bigger picture? There was clearly a cover up going on and some things were going to be swept under the table and nothing done about it so that is the reason stuff was leaked. So it could be made public!! Open your eyes to what our government is doing with our well earned tax money and stop shooting the messenger who blows the whistle!!!!

  • pws69 - 2012-10-19 06:28

    Any excuse for the ANC to avoid investigstion of their corruption. Next we will hear about investigations being canned because of solar flares. I met an ex government auditor this weekend who had to move provinces because of death threats on what they exposed. Most importantly, both ANC DGs and MECs buried the reports.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-19 07:04

    Well, well, well a different report was given to Minister etc, so she stops the probe. One wonders why? Is it not better to finish the investigation and get the true facts on corruption. This is another of the inept administration decisions which have plagued this ministry. Alternately another cover up!

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-19 07:11

    Hahahaha thats a good one to cover an incompetency.

      Andrea - 2012-10-19 09:25

      an incompetency? just one? It should be incompetencieS.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-19 07:22

    Nothing less than disgusting! You read the report so we will not punish the wrongdoers! Probably the reason the report was leaked in anycase. To make sure the contents DID become public! The Minister should be fired along with all her cronies!

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-19 07:23

    something fishy going on here!

  • loading123 - 2012-10-19 07:26

    Oooooh, there are DA spies in the ANC

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-10-19 07:41

    Sadly the b-tch who pretends to be our minister is hiding something and the report proves her wrong. What a small minded hussy

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-19 08:46

    An excuse to cover up the ANC treason. The usual responses from the prince of thieves.

  • DSBennie - 2012-10-19 08:47

    Well I'm guessing it was the department then that leaked the report so that they could try and use this excuse to give themselves time to try and cover up whatever the report found

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-19 09:36

    I can smell a fish!!

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-19 09:50

    Mmmmm......when is the next news update? Yawn......

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-19 11:39

    Tina and Co should be centres, they have great side stepa.

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-10-19 22:48

    Too scared of the truth? Corruption should be exposed any which way it can. If the government is serious about ending corruption, STOP sweeping it under the carpet!

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