Lease deal minister gives Parly a miss

2011-08-16 15:35

Cape Town - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde failed to arrive in Parliament on Tuesday to answer questions from MPs on her role in an allegedly irregular R1.7bn police buildings lease deal.

"There is no excuse for Minister Mahlangu-Nkabinde's no-show at the parliamentary portfolio committee on public works this morning, where she was due to account for her role in the SA Police Service (SAPS) lease scandal," said DA MP John Steenhuisen.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde's failure to attend the committee comes after she missed a deadline on Monday to respond to the public protector's report that raised questions about her involvement in the deal.

In her report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela called on President Jacob Zuma to take action against Mahlangu-Nkabinde for her role in the police buildings lease.

She also blamed national police commissioner General Bheki Cele for his role in maladministration relating to the tenders for the two leases.

Madonsela: Minister unco-operative

In the report Madonsela complained about her failure to co-operate with the public protector’s office.

The department of public works was found to have flouted tender processes in the lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu’s company, Roux Property Fund.

Steenhuisen said he would write to the committee chairperson, Catherine Mabuza, to exercise the committee's powers to summon the minister to appear.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde told the committee that she could not attend the meeting due to "parliamentary processes".

Steenhuisen said her excuse that the public protector's reports had been submitted to the speaker was "neither here nor there".

"There is no rule that prevents the Minister from appearing before the portfolio committee. On the contrary, it is right and proper that the portfolio committee summons the minister to explain why she signed off these lease agreements, despite legal opinions that she should not."

Something to hide?

Mahlangu-Nkabinde still has to answer several questions, including why she had not fully co-operated with the public protector's investigation and why she approved the police lease deals even after she had several legal opinions at her disposal indicating that doing so would be inappropriate, Steenhuisen said.

She should answer to why she approved the lease deals even though the rates were not competitive and whether she or anyone in her department had personal or business relations with Roux Shabangu.

"The minister's failure to meet the public protector's deadline, as well as her no-show in the national assembly, suggests that she has something to hide."

The minister's office was not available for comment.

  • Lestor - 2011-08-16 15:38

    Then her pay check should be given a miss.

      Grant - 2011-08-16 15:57

      Why? She's just going by existing precidents that have already been set... ;)

      saabnut - 2011-08-16 16:10

      And the ANC has the cheek to call others arrogant...

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-08-16 16:13

      These Comrades have no respect for the rule of law.

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-08-16 16:19

      I think we might find that she will become very sick in the near future, then take indefinate sick leave like audry guley and other prominant ANC members.

      willieman - 2011-08-16 16:20

      No she should be fired right away.She is h******t,she is got the nerve to snub parly.It means she says to the rest of SA go to hell.FIRE THE THIS WOMAN MR PRESIDENT

      Uthando - 2011-08-16 16:27

      Somebody, gimme a sling-shot, I see her ears protruding behind Zuma's back.

      Vince York - 2011-08-16 16:32

      Anybody check all hospitals for missing "deathbeds" on all golf courses yet?

      Fu Manchu - 2011-08-16 16:51

      Very good one Uthando! LOL

      willieman - 2011-08-16 16:52

      Just checking guys where is this organisation ANCWL.They are silent on Cwele,Nkabinde-Mahlangu.Sorry i have forgotten they are DEADWOODS!!!, Vavi was right

      Met - 2011-08-16 18:22

      Do you think she depends on her pay cheque

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 18:35

      SHe has "RETIRED HURT".... along with the Police THIEF, General Bheki Cele(bi)..... A common "HAUW" kind of Moment... "Stomache OUT... chest IN"!!!!!!! What a JOKE.... what a SERIOUS JOKE!!!!!! The Comrade's are "SHEEETING" themselves... don't know which way to turn!!!!!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 18:38


      tryanything - 2011-08-16 18:53

      Where did you hear that ???

      Netherlands - 2011-08-17 05:54

      Cheryl Cwele... read about it on the 'net!

  • rustic - 2011-08-16 15:41

    Lets see if she's promoted, er, I mean, fired for this.

      nicky22 - 2011-08-16 15:54

      She wil be promoted

      Cynix - 2011-08-16 16:23

      Rustic - redeployed is the word - that is 'fired' with a solid golden handshake - she will then be 'missing in action' like min Shicheca and pop up elsewhere to cause more mayhem.

      rustic - 2011-08-16 16:29

      @Cynix. Well said!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 18:36

      "GET THEE TO LOOTFREELY HOUSE ......WOMAN....WENCH!!!!!!!" An almost "MANTASHE" kinda moment....

  • Born To Fish - 2011-08-16 15:42

    Ostrich governance......

  • blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 15:42

    She should miss a ride home and get a lift to prison.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 18:37

      CHIRP OF THE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!!

  • SOMEONE123 - 2011-08-16 15:43

    Come on, she is working on her next scam, no time for stupid questions!

      Dr Filemon - 2011-08-16 15:58

      She probably went to see cat-in-the-hat cele in hospital for symptons of shabby shake disease

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-08-16 15:44

    Eish, I don't know what to do now... Eish...

  • Tolerant - 2011-08-16 15:45

    Bets are on for a sick note to be produced? Stres about losing your job?

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 15:52

      sick note, thats a very obvious escape, but then yet valid.

  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-08-16 15:46

    Fire the dishonest, skyving, dodgy bugger.

  • Rightbydan - 2011-08-16 15:47

    Shameful. When my father (a political journalist) in the 1960s caught a Cabinet Minister doing dodgy deals and published the dirt, John Vorster fired the man in disgrace, right away, even though he was very senior. Spot the difference.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-08-16 16:23

      At least the Apartheid government knew you can only steal x% before the House of Cards come tumbling down.

  • Iran999 - 2011-08-16 15:47

    Now why should she ?? - Its only 1 or 2 Billion !!! Hell the arms deal was alot more and nobody has answered a singel question - Not so Jzzzzzzzz ???

  • Ann - 2011-08-16 15:48

    Too ashamed perhaps or just cocking a "deafy" at the ANC?

      tryanything - 2011-08-16 19:03

      Culture of stealng and disobediance

  • Dal68 - 2011-08-16 15:49

    Shows how much integrity our ministers has. They also know that any wrong doing will end in a transfer or promotion...

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-16 15:55

      talking about transfer, she will probably be transfered to be an ambassador in Libya. Oh no, Hawaii.

  • Maczulu - 2011-08-16 15:49

    this is a joke. Any any other 1st world country this scum would be fired unless they were in a car crash.

      Sickoflondon - 2011-08-16 16:05

      SA is not a 1st world country... it is a borderline Marxist state... i.e. 3rd world

      Netherlands - 2011-08-17 05:59

      SA is in the TURD World.... that is LOWER THAN A 3rd World Country!

  • DW - 2011-08-16 15:50

    So will she also have to face a disciplinary hearing and be fired like Sheryl Cwele? I guess not. Parliamentary member can do what they damn well like an think they are not answerable to anyone.

  • deebee - 2011-08-16 15:51

    What's the chances of Zuma actually doing something about this?

      derkus - 2011-08-16 16:33

      Zuma has no splne he is splneless

      tryanything - 2011-08-16 19:04

      Zeet all

      Netherlands - 2011-08-17 06:00

      Think there are 43 million South Africans that are wondering what Zuma is going to do!!!!!

  • Anonymus - 2011-08-16 15:51

    fire the tart!

  • Craig - 2011-08-16 15:52

    Ha, Mahlangu-Nkabinde doesn't show and our esteemed Cele is in hospital with 'Chest Pains', or was, the last time I checked. Any update on that? Looks like that carpet it getting a bit small for all the rubish that is being shovelled underneath it.

      tryanything - 2011-08-16 19:09

      Chest pains ...Stress or angina possible heart is the medical fratenity opportunity to make a buck. lots of tests + invoices to go with it .Had the samme problem 5 years ago.....Lots of tests and referrals.End of the day they cant find anything...wrong. Then my wife left home and the pains went away.....Its a stress thing......But they have to check..

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-08-16 15:54

    Ja neh...

  • Capstick - 2011-08-16 15:55

    Just another corrupt ANC tjommie - aaah and the poor have to strike and go hungry. When will they wake up!

  • 50something - 2011-08-16 15:56

    This is just not acceptable. As a minister in public office, she is accountable to parliament and the public. FIRE HER. The arrogance of these people sometimes still astonishes me - don't know why.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-17 06:01

      The are following their LEADER!!!!

  • JMsays - 2011-08-16 15:57

    Stop her pay check till she shows up, won't be long, a leach needs to leach!

      Kenno - 2011-08-16 17:02

      Doubt it....Sure she made a few rand from Roux and the Police leases...

  • shmangle - 2011-08-16 15:58 you know what heppened.... Eh....

  • FRpower - 2011-08-16 15:58

    Madagascar 3 comes to mind the way Parliament is run. Whats the bet this Gwen is shopping.

  • THABO - 2011-08-16 15:59

    Hahahahah! Bheki Cele is also all of a sudden ill. The ANC is seeking enough time to do some damage control.

  • mokgadiathole - 2011-08-16 16:00

    and the ANC is not going to do something about it we know for sure

      willieman - 2011-08-16 16:41

      Take collective resposibility ??? ga!!!

  • ian b - 2011-08-16 16:01

    "Together we will steal more"

  • Tonsil - 2011-08-16 16:03

    Watch she will also suddenly have to go off on sick leave just like all the other bloodsuckers who get caught out. If JZ had any gonads he would fire her fat ass

  • NowOrNever - 2011-08-16 16:03

    She had to take an early flight to CT from JHB but Gautrain was not running early this morning. "Eish boss I could not work caus there was no transport" LMFAO

  • Jou - 2011-08-16 16:06

    hang her

  • bill - 2011-08-16 16:07

    issue a warrant of arrest for this arrogant cow.

  • afrovich - 2011-08-16 16:10

    I see this coming; a sick note to be submitted to Parliament

  • ck - 2011-08-16 16:10

    Since when was it "Parly" ?

      Craig - 2011-08-16 16:27

      Agreed, it should really have read 'held to account'. In the ANC however it would appear that there is no accountability, you are innocent until proven guilty and if you deny, obfuscate and no-show for long enough everything just gets forgotten. In this case (Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde) I think things are different as a direct result of our Public Protector. I really really hope she takes on Julias Malema's case as well. Currently Thuli is my absolute hero!!! Rumblings of democracy are at work and credibility is on the line, and the ANC has a lot to answer for. Hope I haven't replied to this more than once.

  • Harambe - 2011-08-16 16:11

    Guilty conscience perhaps. Even so, the government should take a stand and root out corruption within its ranks. Heads must start rolling.

  • Lebzaton - 2011-08-16 16:11

    If I were in her shoes, I would resign and salvage the little dignity I still have left.

  • michaelp1 - 2011-08-16 16:13

    Let's hear it from Kolobe and Poloyantonki!!!!!!! Is this acceptable Governance??

  • scud - 2011-08-16 16:19

    This is the quality of ANC ministers,who earn a fortune in salaries,bonusses,perks etc. They are a totally useless and costly bunch of irresponsible fools.

  • pierre.hough1 - 2011-08-16 16:29

    And how many people walk the corridors of Parliament that are a disgrace? The record of the parliamentarians simply reflect our society. Winnie Mandela, "mother of the nation" thinks she's got better things to do. This 'minister' as well. This can't go on for one day more! We are in a failed state.

  • Zakhele - 2011-08-16 16:29

    It is very difficult to tell your children not to drink alcohol when you, yourself are a drunkard. Children can either do two things: 1. Either say yes father, but then go drink (in hiding) whilst keeping it away from you. 2. Or they rebel and ask you why don’t you set a good example and practice what you preach? But here is the very bad apart about the whole thing going forward: Say you stop drinking in the hope that they will also stop drinking. You asked them to follow your good example and they tell you, you have enjoyed your time let them enjoy theirs. The best recipe is not to start drinking in the first place. If you already a drinker rather get wifey to be one trying to instill discipline. Otherwise kids don’t give a f*cking d*cking inch of what you say or do afterwards. That is called parenting. Good luck Mr. President, even though I am told you do not consume alcoholic drinks but the nation is drowning in liquor trying to bury their sorrows. Only if you knew what’s it’s like to drink (with a possible nagging headache from hangover the next morning- ibhabhalazi) when you don’t want to do it anymore but circumstances force you too!

  • sipholess - 2011-08-16 16:29

    Just look at the state of this thing, I would'nt let her clean my kitchen.

  • Harambe - 2011-08-16 16:32

    My fellow Africans, it's now incumbent upon each and everyone of us to put the put the president's response to corruption under the lens. Indecision and postponements are the order of the day more lately. We put the ANC in power to govern cleanly and improve our living conditions. Instead of blaming Apartheid as the only source of our backwardness, we should also hold our government responsible for betraying our vote and trust.

  • sobeit - 2011-08-16 16:33

    There is no chance of any progress for the Joe Soap of SA while the ANC is the governing party, it doesn't matter whether you are Sunlight or Nivea.

  • Mart - 2011-08-16 16:34

    is it possible that our 'comrades' are afflicted with a recessive gene that causes them to steal, lie and cheat and then get sick when they get placed under a bit of pressure.

      Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-08-16 17:06


  • RuthK - 2011-08-16 16:35

    So fire her for insubordination!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-16 16:37

    i guess it is her way of saying 'no comment'

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-08-16 16:38

    Did parliament actually believe Mahlangu-Nkabinda would appear to be questioned about the leases? Cele pipped her by complaining of chest pains. Gwen is still sitting at home trying to come up with her excuse. The best yet is Mac Maharaj stating that JZ has not commented on the Madonsela's recommendations re the leases and Malema's bad behavior yet because he (JZ) has not had a formal education and that South Africans don't understand him. Seriously WTH?

  • Man can do - 2011-08-16 17:04

    She must try the pain in the chest one. Few days on your back in hospital and all will blow over???

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-08-16 17:10

    She is playing hide and seek, yet R1bn does not look like a game.

  • hardereen - 2011-08-16 17:20

    not much different from a taxi-driver running away from an accident.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-16 17:23

    Pathetic! Pure laziness personified!Incompetent,corrupt , pure sleg! And she get's paid a big salary,black car? Must a mate of JZ or malema? Still,load your pockets comrades!

  • abg100 - 2011-08-16 17:30

    The meeting was just window dressing anyway,its not like zuma was in any hurry to get answers[he knew them already]. spill a drink on the pres-immediate court cases,pull the middle finger on his enterage-be locked up for 24 hrs-fiddle a billion or 2-no worries! The public protector is also gaurded on how far and how much she will say and or do-you cant fart agsinst thunder and stand under a tree-good odds you will be frazzeled!