Limpopo premier's fate in the balance

2012-05-22 22:32

Cape Town - Reports on fraud and maladministration investigations in Limpopo will determine the fate of Premier Cassel Mathale, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Investigations by the law enforcement agencies are ongoing," he told the National Assembly in Cape Town.

"It is only when you have discovered wrongdoing that you act. Those reports are going to come and will determine what happens to the premier. You are talking as if nothing has been done."

Zuma was replying to a question on what progress had been made in Limpopo since the government's intervention in the province last year.

He said Limpopo had moved from having a R2bn shortfall to a cash reserve of R231.4m on March 31.

This cash position was due to cash management controls put in place from December 2011.

"While the cash position has improved and payment and procurement systems in departments have stabilised, further work still needs to be done," Zuma said.

He said a provincial fiscal recovery plan had to include the strengthening of supply chain management and budgetary processes.

Law enforcement agencies in the province have been investigating allegations of fraud and maladministration in a number of departments.

Work was ongoing in a number of departments including health, education, roads and transport.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko asked Zuma whether he agreed that Mathale should "do the right thing" and resign.

Zuma replied that it was only when wrong was discovered that action could be taken.

  • Ekfeugo - 2012-05-22 22:50

    "It was only when Wrong was discovered that action could be taken". The mere fact that this investigation has been prolonged makes me think nothing is right.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-23 07:35

      Wow, Zip-it-up actually has an opinion - oops, sorry! He once again said nothing substantive.

  • John - 2012-05-22 22:53

    Zuma Zuma Show.... Now everyone please shout for Cassel Mathale:"...Give him a chance, Give him a chance" I think Nomsa Nene was the better option to run this "show"

      Martin - 2012-05-23 07:46

      geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeev him a chance, he is the great cassel Mathale of course

      Martin - 2012-05-23 07:47

      this reminds me of that legendary village people song, "In the gravy"

  • Mark - 2012-05-22 22:56

    Throw Comrade-parasite Mathale off this train. He is a disgrace, even by this government's low standards.

      Daan - 2012-05-23 07:09

      Well said.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-22 23:51

    He should have been suspended immediately the story about his choice to use his private car so he could claim mileage - R400'

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-22 23:52

    R400,000 rand that he was able to pocket.

      kmaesela - 2012-05-23 01:29

      how sure are you?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-23 08:37

      Very sure. I'll refer you to the Media24 report about 3 months ago. Had it not been correct they would have been taken to court.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-23 08:39

      I would not point damning fingers like that if I had sucked it out of my thumb. Why is he even still in office if his theft is known and so blatant? The man obviously has no scruples nor does he care about the people he represents.

  • Gee - 2012-05-23 05:45

    Incompetence and mismanagement...that is the anc motto.

  • Daan - 2012-05-23 07:09

    Uit *** Eindelik.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-23 07:12

    Mr. Zuma is quite correct. One can only act on known information and there are processes to follow. It is generally in the aftermath where things go wrong. The right thing to do, would be to make all details of wrongdoing by a deployed cadre widely publicly known, and to recover funds which were misappropriated. This course of action, albeit in the interests of South Africa and its people, is not followed by the ANC for the simple reason that they still rely on the votes of those loyal to the cadre (those who benefited through corruption) and do not want to admit that the ANC was in fact responsible for the maladministration and dereliction of duty. It is almost as if the voting public prefer a government which exudes "power" rather than one that does the right thing. So the ANC just sweeps the issue quietly under the carpet, providing of course, that the cadre does not pose a threat to the ANC.

  • maphuri.gwevani - 2012-05-23 07:19

    investigations is 2 much delaying,mathale is not only corrupt but is dividing people according 2 cultures,he's the worse leader i ever seen,call magadzi for primeir of limpopo.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-23 07:20

    Yes My President , Please continue removing the weeds hindering our Progress. Charge these Traitors with Treason as well if found Guilty.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-23 07:27

    Limpoopo has been an issue with corruption under the current premier for a long time tenders to malemo and friends how much billions have vanished

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2012-05-23 07:57

    Please God can we get n President for Xmas?I will eat all my veggies every day! We need a leader not somebody that can only have sex. Thank you God!

  • Archie - 2012-05-23 08:28

    Zuma and his ministers now cant see the forest for the trees.Why did they go there in the first place?Was it not because the whole admin had collapsed through corruption.Why has Mathale not been suspended?. Analysis paralysis is a common thing in a corrupt administration.All this corruption will not go away by delaying the inevitable,it gives time to these crooks to hide or spend their ill gotten gains.Once again the poorest of the poor will suffer while the Alliance partners shuffle their shoes and stare at the ground and do sweet buggerall.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-23 08:34

    "vra my broer jack, hy lieg net soos ek"

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-23 08:59

    "It was only when Wrong was discovered that action could be taken" Mr Zuma, Isn't the province going 2 billion in arrears or missing all the funds all of a sudden when something is terrifyingly wrong? Why did it continue? surely the premier should have been blowing a whistle at 2 million? 2 Billion not wrong doing? Frot Fish smells better.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-23 09:02

    They are blind in Government and the blind lead the blind. About time we voted for a president that has a pair of b.lls, not ones enhanced on a stupid painting and ministers that have a certificate to prove that there is nothing wrong with their sight because they can never see any wrong doing.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-23 09:11

    The heart of the matter : No government official and no political organisation should be allowed to enter into a business relationship with the state. Government officials should focus solely on their one job - the one which we are paying them for.

      Archie - 2012-05-23 15:05

      Ahh but then they would have to put in a honest days work,cant see rhat happening to soon.Right now its blue label, pomp and jive.Lots of :fact finding :trips overseas,expense accounts and all the other perks.No Shaiks to cuddle up to? Liberation leaders never worked a day in their lives,the foot soldiers got shot and the leaders sat in london drinking and that the country is liberated why should they change their lifestyle.

  • Michael - 2012-05-23 09:39

    SNNNOORREE,aahh a cheer for dysfuntional politicians Hooray.

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 09:43

    ANOTHER investigation ... we sure do have couple of them ??!!!

  • fanie.dutoit2 - 2012-07-02 10:20

    What I can't understand is that the Provincial Hospitals in Limpopo stil doe not have medcine, swabs, cleaning materials etc. Staff are also not paid for overtime and allowances?

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