Madonsela to consider Cape govt's submissions

2012-05-18 11:29

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will consider submissions from the Western Cape government and all the complainants on a communication tender before making her findings public, her office said on Thursday.

"Public Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela today met with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and her team, and all four complainants in the Western Cape communication tender investigation," Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said in a statement.

This followed the leak of Madonsela's provisional report as the weekend.

The report was leaked to newspapers a week before a deadline for the province's response.
Masibi said all parties involved condemned the leaking of the report.

Zille condemns leak of report

In the draft report, Madonsela reportedly found that a Western Cape tender awarded to advertising agency TBWA/Hunt Lascaris in 2010 to centralise communications was invalid.

On Sunday, Zille condemned the leaking of the report and defended the tender.

She said the leak prejudiced the province's right to rectify what it described as "material legal errors" in the draft report, before the report was finalised.

Masibi said Madonsela held separate meetings with Zille and the complainants.

The complainants are the ANC, Cosatu, civil society organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi and a general member of the public, Sulyman Stellenboom.

Oral representations

"The meetings, whose purpose was to listen to the parties and hear their views on the provisional report, were helpful, constructive and fruitful for the public protector," said Masibi.

"All parties contested certain aspects of the provisional observations and offered reasons for different formulations."

Zille's office made oral representations supporting those it submitted on May 14. The others would submit their representations by May 18.

"The public protector requested the parties not to engage on the merits of the case until it is concluded and she appeals to the public and the media to do the same," said Masibi.

She said Madonsela also appealed to the media not to print stolen information because it was not in the public interest nor the interest of justice.

  • - 2012-05-18 11:40

    Cant wait to hear the verdict, it should be interesting i gues

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 11:52

    "The complainants are the ANC, Cosatu, civil society organization Ndifuna Ukwazi and a general member of the public, Sulyman Stellenboom" mmm So SOUTH AFRICA NOW SEE'S WHERE THE PROPAGANDA IS COMING FROM.. I WONDER WHO LEAKED THE REPORT ASWELL... RATS AND LIARS! | DOWN WITH ANC CORRUPTION! VIVA DA!

      Achmad - 2012-05-18 12:07

      We should condemn corruption from all quarters, not only from the ANC.

  • Sematla - 2012-05-18 12:06

    On Sunday, Zille condemned the leaking of the report and defended the tender. IS THIS THE SAME PERSON WHO IS OPPOSING THE INFO BILL? She doesn't take a long time to show us what she can be if given a chance to hold the Samurai sword,doesn't she?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-18 12:28

      1+1 = (a whole bunch of self opinionated bull?)

      Peter - 2012-05-18 12:32

      "show us what she can be" a great leader that doesnt allow her image to be smeared by the likes of the ANC and their propoganda, i'm gonna laught right in your face when the truth comes out and there was nothing irruglar about the tender. Stupid racist

      Wilweet - 2012-05-18 12:34

      quite funny your obviously do not understand the process. Yes....Zille opposes the info bill because we have the right to know.....after is OUR money. BUT.. we want to know the truth......not what a premature leaked cosatu/anc/whoever report has to say. How on earth can she hold the samurai sword????????? Real silly remark.

      Jaun - 2012-05-18 12:45


  • Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-18 12:30

    Zille is not arrested? Invalid tenders? We have a weak police force indeed

      Peter - 2012-05-18 12:37

      @Tsotsi-Baby - True they are about as weak as your intellect, idiot

      jerry.pres - 2012-05-18 12:42

      @ Tsotsi Be happy about that, otherwise most of ANC goverment would be in jail already.

      ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-18 12:51

      How many ANC smucks have defrauded the SA public (including you) and nothing has been done. Ignorance is a B!tch

  • Retha - 2012-05-18 12:54

    The complainants are the ANC, Cosatu, civil society organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi and a general member of the public, Sulyman Stellenboom. This says EVERYTHING. Agge shame!

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-05-18 13:28

    I condemn the leaks, whether irregular or not. Y is that they are quick to shoot at others over leaked information and when its their turn (Zille n Co) they claim foul play.

  • tebogo.moche.3 - 2012-05-18 13:53

    How can iformation be leaked from the Public Protector's office? One would think such documents would be safe! This just tells you how some people serve their own selfish interests! Who is really in charge here?

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-18 16:55

    The provisional report declares the tender invalid. This conclusion can not be changed on the final report. Zille must own up and RESIGN, otherwise she has lost credibility particularly her rhetoric against corruption

      Polotic - 2012-05-19 21:15

      @ Whitenut - Your nom de plume suits you! You have made major errors in your comments. Firstly Helen Zille said she would resign if there was corruption involved in the awarding of the tender. In fact the leaked report states that no corruption was found and that the process was legitimate and above board. So Helen has no case to answer. Secondly, the only reason for declaring the tender invalid, that two advisors who sat on the adjudicating committee were precluded from doing so, has been challenged as having no legal standing. This will be challenged in court, if necessary. So rather spend your time thinking about all the other cases of corruption and fraud involving the ruling party, the party you no doubt voted for, and decide who is entitled to claim the moral highground.

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