No talk of errant ministers at lekgotla

2012-01-17 21:20

Bela-Bela - Errant ministers would not be discussed at the week-long Cabinet lekgotla that started in Bela-Bela on Tuesday.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said while Cabinet lekgotlas had a tradition of being "ruthless in our introspection and self-criticism", the sacking of co-operative governance minister Sicelo Shiceka and public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde last October would not be discussed.

Neither would the events that led to the suspension of national police commissioner Bheki Cele be on the table.

"The lekgotla does not discuss specific incidents or specific cases. We look at the ways as national government to put together plans which are going to address those issues. Some of those issues may arise during the course of discussions as examples of what could happen."

But he did say the Cabinet would deliberate on progress made in fighting crime and corruption.

The sackings and suspension followed findings last year by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Madonsela found Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cele's actions in two controversial police lease deals involving businessman Roux Shabangu amounted to maladministration.

She found Shiceka had wasted taxpayers' money on a trip to Switzerland to visit a girlfriend jailed for drug offences.

Most of the substance of what was ultimately decided at the lekgotla, which would finish on Friday, would emerge in President Jacob Zuma's state-of-the-nation address on February 9.

Last year Cabinet decided that 2011 would be the year of job creation. According to the latest figures supplied by Statistics SA the unemployment rate still hovered at 25%, hardly unchanged in the past two years.

"We will look at the commitments arising from the president's 2011 state-of-the-nation address, which mobilised the nation around 'The Year of Jobs'," said Chabane.

He said the Cabinet would also conduct a mid-term review of the Zuma administration's performance and how it could build on its successes.

"We are confident on balance, most of what has happened has been good for South Africans from all walks of life. We therefore have a record on which we want to build as government."

  • mystae - 2012-01-17 21:36

    Why do they have to go to Warmbaths for these discussions? Isn't a city boardroom adequate?

  • ISO - 2012-01-17 21:54

    Ist called team building of some re-sort. They work hard they need to relax!

      mystae - 2012-01-17 22:28

      Agreed. Meetings can be so taxing. All that sitting and talking and thinking and stuff.

      George - 2012-01-18 07:47

      What have they ever built witout breaking

  • Max - 2012-01-17 22:05

    You can talk as much as you like but it will make no difference it is time you start doing something constructive then maybe South Africa will become the country we are all hoping for.

      mystae - 2012-01-17 22:25

      Speaking of which, I came across this by accident:

      mystae - 2012-01-17 22:26

      I think they should have put more thought into strategy though. Not too sure how successful that's going to be.

  • Francois - 2012-01-17 22:26

    Now I am really curious - mayba Chabane can sommer give us the excuses why we have not created the jobs and sommer for the jobs that will not be created. Last time Stortkop said that the global economic crisis was to blame, not that he did not know we had one. Thus Collins, can you give us the excuses for next year then we won't wast time reading it. And can Zuma please tell us what a "job" is? 4 months of sweeping a road for 2 days a week at R 500 per month? Then we all can create jobs. And Vavi must say whether that qualifies as a job and get those to join Cosatu. Lekker party guys and gals, and remember the taxi money!

  • Makhawukana - 2012-01-17 22:40

    tax sickness ...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Mark - 2012-01-17 23:50

    There wouldn't be enough time.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-18 07:35

    This government is good on talk with no action, they will talk of putting plans together to address issues, like how long Bheki Cele will remain on paid leave sorry suspension and how many jobs they did not create. They will also review the Zuma administration performance, that should not take more than 5 minutes as most will tell of little or no improvements for the people of RSA. Maybe they will all recount JZ worldwide travels where nothing of real value was achieved, that should take up most of the time.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-18 08:14

    If they properly discussed the non-performers and corrupters, they would be busy for 6 months.

  • Getafix - 2012-01-18 09:40

    Just keep pushing until that law has been passed Comrades, then all our dark secrets will be secret. I can so see them discussing this instead. I vote for transparency, not broad daylight robbery. Open your eyes u Cancer voting people!!!

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