Mahlangu-Nkabinde must go - DA

2011-09-20 15:24

Johannesburg - Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde must go, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

The Public Protector's investigation into two property leases on behalf of the police pointed to unlawful conduct and a violation of the Constitution by the minister herself, said DA spokesperson John Steenhuisen.

"Instead of taking responsibility for fixing the mess, Minister Mahlangu-Nkabinde is attempting to divert the blame for the situation in the department to officials," said Steenhuisen.

"The bottom line is that you cannot have a compromised minister cleaning out a corrupt department."

R3bn in tender irregularities

Mahlangu-Nkabinde revealed on Monday that tender irregularities of about R3bn were uncovered in a probe into her department.

Criminal charges were likely to be brought against several officials and outsiders and the department would tighten up its procedures, she said. The investigation was done by the department and the Special Investigating Unit.

The minister, appointed 10 months ago, admitted her department had failed South Africans.

"I was inadvertently handed a poisoned chalice. I inherited a situation where serious irregularities had occurred," she said.

She vowed to root out corrupt personnel, but warned it would take months to clean up the department.

  • Toetsen - 2011-09-20 15:31

    "...inadvertently handed poisoned chalice..." my foot!! She should have resigned already. Pathetic incompetence!!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-20 15:37

      in other words, I f'd up !

      willieman - 2011-09-20 16:12

      It wasn't me

      Steen - 2011-09-20 16:16

      Has ANC ever fired someone that DA want's to be sacked?

      willieman - 2011-09-20 16:26

      Pass the buck

      texx - 2011-09-20 16:30


      cliffarc - 2011-09-20 17:22

      - I'd say virtually every one of our ministers has become compromised by fraud and corruption, starting at the top with shower head and all the way down.

      grod - 2011-09-20 17:54

      OK so it wasnt you.. Then you would then assist in nailing your predecessor???...

      Met - 2011-09-20 18:10

      Why must she go because of unlawful conduct. I thought it a pre-requisite for appointment as a "minister" I see the Public Service is now advertising here. They say We Care We Belong We Serve The latter should be changed to We Steal

      JimbOb - 2011-09-20 19:52

      "They made me put my red hands in the cookie jar"

      scipio - 2011-09-20 20:40

      and holy crap shes an ugly woman. when she fell out of the ugly tree she hit every branch on the way down.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-20 15:32

    As much as I agree that this corrupt spawn of satan must go, history repeats itself within in the ANC, she will more than likely receive a promotion!

      saabnut - 2011-09-20 16:45

      And a redeployment as an ambassador...

      Sedick - 2011-09-20 16:54

      And a Multi-million Rand severance package to sweeten the promotion.....

      Maleo - 2011-09-20 16:58

      ... and a golden handshake!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-20 16:59

      How dare you insult us spawns of satan

      blcotter - 2011-09-20 17:15

      A post in the new South African Embassy in Siberia is coming

  • York Hunt - 2011-09-20 15:33

    Nothing will happen. Nothing.

  • Pekkie - 2011-09-20 15:35

    Yes DA, we hear you, but you have no authority to do anything constructive, Mass demonstrations etc, so you will always be second rate, You are big mouth in the media but on the ground its empty convictions! Sad when one of the few opposition parties cant clout, Zille must step down and hand over to Deliile baby, she is awesome and has way more spunk than madam!

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-20 15:46


      Komasa - 2011-09-20 15:51

      There is only one 'Troll' that is Athol.

      Bob - 2011-09-20 15:54

      At least the DA is trying to expose this pathetic government, it's not the DA's fault that the majority of SA votes the ANC in to power and we all suffer because of it.

      wateva - 2011-09-20 15:55

      Shame for Pekkie - clearly looking to rock the boat. Loser!

      spiral - 2011-09-20 16:03

      @wateva - 100% agreed

      Pekkie - 2011-09-20 16:08

      Call me what you like, i have been a DA supporter for more than 10 years, Never once have they stood up and arranged mass action among their members, I also as a white guy see how quickly the whites jump on to a post that perceive differently and start the word war, No wonder the Black people here get to a point where they beat you down, You are racist pigs man, Prove to me that my statement is wrong and ill apologize! Fair?

      Stu - 2011-09-20 16:14

      The plan, likely worked out when DeLille joined the DA, is that DeLille will take over the DA before "Polekwane" 2012 as she is very paletable to both sides, without doubt more so than Zille. I would vote for her!

      Tolerant - 2011-09-20 16:14

      None is better than DA for service delivery, Zille for Pres. Zuma and Gwen should rather go.

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-20 16:17

      Hi Pekkie another name for K word Bet You did not know. The DA do have the authority to do things constructive but they are always blocked by the ANC. If you think that DeLille can do more than Zille then you are the complete Pekkie

      Kevin King - 2011-09-20 16:20

      @ Pekkie: Why don't you post the same comment on the Sowetan??? Are you embarrassed to make an idiot of yourself???

      Skietlood - 2011-09-20 16:23

      Pekkie, for your information, whites do not do the "mass action" thing. We regards ourselves as civilized. We don't vote for a party and then burn them down. We understand what the democracy means!

      Jeffrey Jones - 2011-09-20 16:36

      @Pekkie, The DA is a political party, not a bloody trade union. They work through parliamentary procedeurs, not by trashing the streets. That's how it works in a parliamentary democracy. If you think de Lille would be organising marches to demand the removal of cabinet ministers you are very much mistaken. She would have to work through parliament. @Stu, You can't vote for de Lille, you have to vote for a political party. That's how the system works in SA.

      sa4ever - 2011-09-20 17:02

      @pekkie. Zille is doing a great job, SA would be much better off with her as president. but one thing I do agree with, and everybody is going to give me a thumbs down, but its my opinion: the next leader of the DA has to be a black or coloured person, cause a lot of black people sees it as an white party (not true!) I think its the only party thats realy for everyone in SA, whatever race!! and I think they will be more open for voting DA if someone of colour was the leader, I think they will then stop seeing it as an white party. so I do think delille would be a good choice to follow zille. But ZILLe is dong a great job, have all the respect in the world for her.

      grod - 2011-09-20 17:56

      @Pekkie Stop thinking like a pekkie!!

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-20 15:35

    100 % right - she must go and quickly too! She fits right in with the rest of the ANC Governmental types - they all sit on fences and make no decisions. And all the while they receive plenty of gravy from the train! That's all they work for - the pay cheque at the end of the month!!!!!

  • proudly - 2011-09-20 15:37

    She might as well stay as she will just be replaced by another corrupt official.

      Slimjan49 - 2011-09-20 15:55

      Is this a case of better the devil you know...?

      keng - 2011-09-20 19:20

      proudly as much as I want to disagree with you, I know you are right. I mean seriously why don't they just say we are corrupt and you tax paying citizens can do "F" all about it. I have this dream were Zille tells her employees to put aside some saving to weather a storm. She then asks every patriarch to place their income taxes in a trust as in stop paying taxes this has gone too far. But as I said it's a dream

  • wateva - 2011-09-20 15:54

    I can think of quite a few more 'must go's'!

  • missmazwi - 2011-09-20 15:58

    So she is coming clean? Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde is effectively deflecting responsibility in so doing is holding her predecessor responsible for massive corruption in Public Works. She was "inadvertently handed a poisoned chalice"? So Geoff Doidge her predecessor maybe wants to get on a plane and come and defend himself because under his watch the rot started?

      Manyoza - 2011-09-20 16:23

      Good point missmazwi. Do we all just conveniently forget about her predecessor, whom she basically accused of giving her a corrupt 'hospital pass' Sorry, I forgot, he was probably promoted.

      DW - 2011-09-20 17:00

      Doidge suspended the Pretoria lease after getting an independent legal opinion declaring it invalid. But, in October, Zuma replaced him with Mahlangu-Nkabinde, who promptly reinstated the leases, despite getting another legal opinion that reached the same conclusion. But she was handed a 'poisoned chalice' - I would say that she is the poison

  • mac-sdi - 2011-09-20 16:00

    She's a strong JZ camp member. she wont go. Most female ministers in the anc are incompetent. which makes me question this gender equality thing. its like BEE but gender based. Dont shoot me down, just look at the departments..i said Most, not ALl

  • Blondemoment - 2011-09-20 16:02

    'Irregularities were uncovered' - in my world (not the ANC's, clearly), when funds are misappropriated or 'sommer' stolen, everything is done TO GET THE MONEY BACK! Association of Nepotistic Chancers!!!!!

  • Tolerant - 2011-09-20 16:17

    PP, maybe it is time to ask the cabinet why they have done nothing as 60 days have passed. Send them all "invitations".

  • Mike - 2011-09-20 16:19

    The "poisoned chalice" buck has been passed so many times, it's more like a giraffe now.

  • abg100 - 2011-09-20 16:19

    Pekkie: She sure does get things done-illegal things. That is the reason you dont like Zille. Why on earth would she want to compete with a bunch of lawless,selfenriching corrupt yobbs? You are speaking in tongues! Forked ones!

  • Mart - 2011-09-20 16:27

    Let's just face facts...the people who are supposed to be steering this country forward are either corrupt or incompetent. They are bankrupting this country morally, financially, socially and hopelessly! I suggest we need to be liberated.

  • braamc - 2011-09-20 16:30

    Fat thieving bitch

  • Streetdreams - 2011-09-20 16:34

    Information Bill, thats ANC for you, the will re-deploy her for more corruption

  • Cynic - 2011-09-20 17:04

    To put this in perspective - 2500 teachers had to work for 40 years each and paid all their taxes, so that these corrupt officials could p*ss away the money. Imagine that, your whole life you worked to pay for some ANC comrade to give your hard earned money away.

  • Crime Buster - 2011-09-20 17:15

    Please please tell me something - is this Minister trying to unravel the wrong-doing in her Departmetn prior to her taking Office? I am white and supposed to be a DA supporter but am really getting gatvol with the DA bitching the whole time - do something constructive! Is it the inefficient ANC or useless DA that is making me move - yes closing the business, selling the farm and going. When the DA finally takes power again then they can sit with all the propblems that they have been fuelling! Let the Minister do her joh she is atleast trying to make a difference - support her!

      sa4ever - 2011-09-20 17:39

      a white person with a ANC logo? thats a first! what can the DA do? they stand up against corrupt goverment people, and the ANC is just ignoring them,cause most of them are corrupt, so they cant fire one cause then they got to fire 70% of them! that is not how its suppose to be, the ANC has to listen to the oppisitions opinion. for example the US debt issue, the democrats and republicans had a debate about the issue and what they gonna do, and at the end they went with the oppisitions (the republicans) idea, that is how its suppose to be but here the ANC just listens to themselves, and dont care at all what the DA says! So what can they do except bitch and moan, they cant do more at the moment cause the ANC just goes on with their own agendas! oh and you are realy no lost for the country, enjoy were ever you are going!!! And the minister is not just doing her job, she is corrupt, she didnt even respond in the 60 days the PP gave her, she is guilty!!

  • george60 - 2011-09-20 17:33

    May be she is our own 'iron lady' back to the laundry room madame!!

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-09-20 17:41

    She aint gonna bounce now ,she's waiting for Cool Daddy shower head to sign a 5 million hand shake cheque then she will resign and nothing will happen to her ,that's how this pimps roll on y'all paper & coins "Money "

  • Cynix - 2011-09-20 17:44

    Could someone please explain to this lady the terms responsible and accountable.

  • phoantoinix - 2011-09-20 17:46

    yeah, right DA -as if the ANC will do the right thing, even for once!

  • - 2011-09-20 17:50

    Poisoned chalice? In that case she should take a big gulp of whatever is in the chalice and swallow! If she can't be effective, she doesn't deserve to survive in the job. Make way for someone with honesty and integrity ... however, it will be a tough job to find anyone with those credentials in the ANC.

  • Happygas - 2011-09-20 18:08

    it was not me it was my hand that stole!!!

  • keng - 2011-09-20 19:12

    "I was inadvertently handed a poisoned chalice. I inherited a situation where serious irregularities had occurred," she said. And madam spit who the "F" poisoned the place? And who performed these serious irregularities? You don't have to answer, we all know. Bitch

  • almosthuman - 2011-09-20 20:01 for us suckers,we will enrich ourselves at the first opportunity while you rot in your ghettos,VIVA gravy train VIVA !!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-20 21:28

    Passing the buck. Favorite pass time of the corrupt ANC. Load the pockets comrades! No accountability,no responsibility. Lets steal,deceive,defraud - just take it,demand it!

  • JadedJay - 2011-09-20 22:19

    I can't stand this fat, pig of a minister who lies everytime she opens her ugly mouth.

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