Madonsela meets opposition parties

2012-09-08 15:00

Johannesburg - Corruption in the awarding of tenders for RDP houses topped the agenda as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela held a meeting with leaders of opposition parties.

Madonsela's office said in a statement that she had a meeting with the leaders on Friday where she gave feedback on the issues raised by people during her stakeholder dialogues and public hearings across the country.

The dialogues sought public inputs on a systemic investigation into Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) housing and alleged regulatory failures regarding the illegal conversion of panel vans into taxis, Madonsela's office said on Saturday.

Members of the public were also asked to make representations on other service delivery matters that affected them.

On the RDP housing, Madonsela identified major complaints as planning, procurement, allocation and poor infrastructure plans before construction.


She said many settlements were built without basic facilities such as water, sanitation, electricity and roads.

"In one province we found settlements without water, sanitation and electricity for up to eight years. Not very far away, there was a settlement with only toilets that had running water but no houses or occupants," she told opposition leaders.

"A lot of procurement complaints point to endemic irregular and even corrupt procurement practices and fraud, including false billing in relation to quality assurance and invoicing."

Other complaints about RDP houses included allocation to older persons, child-headed homes and back-room dwellers.

Communities also complained about RDP houses not being user-friendly to people with disabilities. Madonsela received complaints about the illegal conversion of panel vans which seemed to point fingers at government, car dealers and banks.

She announced that she was planning to meet Santaco (SA National Taxi Council) on this and other taxi industry concerns.

Other issues brought to her attention were bad conduct of police, health workers and traditional leaders. She said her office was already investigating some of the allegations brought forward.

The opposition parties applauded the Madonsela for the proactive promotion of good governance, particularly the act of giving organs of state an opportunity to remedy problems without an investigation.

The parties committed themselves to joining hands with her to end maladministration.

A voices and views report would be released which would present what people said. Madonsela would also meet banks and cellphone companies to conduct outstanding inspections.

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-08 15:07

    The Now {Present} Public Protector needs to catch up on the activities of the Previously {Absent} Public Protector.

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-08 17:39

      Leonardb1, she is an ANC appointee, her talks is just smoke and mirrors and the ANC might even lay into her for the show...but she is as useless as our esteemed president just a different flavour of the same thing.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 15:10

    Madonsela is better than Zuma.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-08 16:07

      @Ntshobs Yes you are right. But if my memory serves me correctly he was the chief security officer for the ANC while in excile which included the duties of party prosecutor or something like that.Can you perhaps remember

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 16:24

      Ntshobs, the one is intelligent and accomplished. The other is talking to the 4 winds like King Lear.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-08 16:54

      We are all longing for competent leadership who will govern on behalf of all communities in SA and particularly ensure that the poor have dignity in their living conditions.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-08 17:46

      Madonsela gets on with the job unlike procrastinating Zuma.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-08 15:30

    This problem will only go away when tenderpreneurs and fraudsters are arrested, tried and prosecuted and locked up. Suspension and redeployment is a flawed practice. Need to set some examples, starting with Malema.

      roger.hess.14 - 2012-09-08 16:04

      Malema would be a very good start + there are plenty others in that line; but it has to be done in a manner that they are not perceived as martyrs or "revolution" symbols. The people need to know exactly how much they have been lied to and how much has stolen from funds that could have improved their lives.

  • roger.hess.14 - 2012-09-08 15:45

    I really wish this woman do all of the honest, hard working people of South Africa a massive favor and run for office. With her level of commitment, ethics and fortitude; we would start seeing real changes (as in ones which are designed to help the country and people grow) happening at a record pace.

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-09-08 15:53

      The lady is above politics. Please don't try to drag her down to that level.

      roger.hess.14 - 2012-09-08 16:06

      @ Ken: Very good point, just consider it wishful thinking.

  • SharonE - 2012-09-08 15:46

    She uncovered more than we will ever know. I reckon what she saw must have made her hair stand on end! Well done Thuli, do what you can, we depend on you.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-08 15:55

    Isn't there just one correct thing that Zuma and his corrupt cabinet can do for the poor?

      SharonE - 2012-09-08 15:58

      Stepping down as government would be a grrrreat start! :-)))

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-09-08 16:10

    there is no cure sis thuli preciate the effort thogh

  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-09-08 17:26

    Thuli for President!!!

  • sanesh.allopi - 2012-09-08 19:55

    The more I hear about this lady, the more I respect her. Keep up the good work.

  • peter.s.mokoena - 2012-09-09 08:47

    Thuli is doing excellent job for our fragile democracy

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