Numsa backs calls for bling-book review

2011-09-29 20:06

Johannesburg - Numsa has come out in support of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's call for the ministerial handbook to be reviewed to curb reckless spending.

"The call by the public protector should be welcomed by all genuine revolutionaries and servants of our people," National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesperson Castro Ngobese said on Thursday.

Speaking at a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Madonsela recommended the handbook be amended to set standards relating to ministerial accommodation.

The recommendation was contained in her report on a probe into allegations that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa spent more than R700 000 at two five star luxury hotels in Durban.

The handbook is produced by the public service and administration department as a guideline on executive spending. It applies to all national ministers and MECs.

Ngobese said the handbook review should be done through an open and democratic process. It could not be left in the hands of a few "conflicted individuals".

Excessive spending by government officials was wrong given current levels of unemployment, poverty and deepening inequalities, he said.

The union was not blind to the fact that security and accommodation should be considered when ministers travelled to do government work.

However, this did not mean a minister should be "recklessly spending tax-payers' money by staying in opulent and extravagant hotels or lodges".

This fed the notion that government office or position was a step-ladder to a better life for a few, Ngobese said.

In Madonsela's report there was no evidence that Mthethwa had influenced arrangements regarding his accommodation at the Table Bay and Durban Hilton hotels.

She said while the R734 448 spent at the hotels by Mthethwa and his staff was unreasonably high, there were no clear guidelines in the ministerial handbook on what constituted a reasonable tariff.

Mthethwa had stayed in the hotels while his official residence was being renovated. His staff had made the arrangements for his stay.

Madonsela suggested that recommended tariffs for ministers be published twice a year. She said no action should be taken against Mthethwa as he had not breached the Executive Members Ethics Act No 82 of 1998.

  • Gugu Miyeza - 2011-09-29 20:21

    Madonsela is turning out to be a puppet of the west. Undermining and finding fault each tiny thing and turning into a problem. Axe her and dont bother re-deployinh her.

      gatvol4corru - 2011-09-29 20:41

      aaah comrade! Learn to think for yourself! Oops,not possible> Your IQ limits you. Guess, you are indeed another racist dimwit

      js.basson - 2011-09-29 20:42

      Dear Gugu Miyeza The government works for the public yes or no? In a country such as SOuth Africa where there are a large amount of poverty and need for housing etc etc the Government has to especially be responsible in their spending. SO why is it that when somebody in Government are rightly susgesting measures too keep spending in check seen by u as a Puppet of the West? THINK AGAIN MY DEAR GUGU!

      mickh - 2011-09-29 20:43


      d54 - 2011-09-29 20:45

      Calling you an idiot is insulting an idiot.

      how_now? - 2011-09-29 23:22

      Dear demented Gugu, Do you really think we need the West to save us from rampant corruption and theft by politicians? In my experience there are millions of South Africans of all races who believe that taxpayers' money should be used to fight poverty and inequality and to build a better life for all, rather than to be used by a few politicians and governing elite to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor majority, as is rampant under our present government. Clearly Ms Madonsela is a highly principled individual who shares these views. The only logical conclusion is that those who do not agree with this are either incredibly stupid, completely paranoid,or are direct beneficiaries of political corruption and fear losing their stolen priviledges or being exposed. Which one of these is applicable to you, or is it all three?

      PB - 2011-09-30 08:36

      Gugu, you must surely be as dof as Andile from the NYDA. "each TINY thing" COSTS MONEY that could have fed your millions of "previously disadvantaged" Ms Madonsela is THE ONLY responsible person around. She is the voice of THE TAXPAYER, you know, those of us who pay for each and everything that you leechses are forever DEMANDING. Maybe you should be thankful that she is trying to free up more money to go towards whatever is was actually meant for and not for another shopping spree for zuma's fat wifes and kiss-a-thons for the millions of jobless joefs.

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-09 11:57

      Aaah yes Gugu. When some one speaks out against the evils that have infiltrated every sphere of goverment and society, they are labelled 'puppets of the west'. With this in mind and reading most of the blind anc followers comments, it stands to reason that most of you are quite happy to allow this evil to go unabated. Which in turn leads to the conclusion that you and your race / type / ilk are evil in themselves (sorry to the civilised ones). You guys cry because there is no service delivery etc etc but yet do nothing when your own kind steal from you. I cant for the life of me understand this blind loyalty you have or the lack of morals your comrades share?!? Just to put this in simple terms (to aid you in understanding), this anc have squandered / stolen / missappropriated a total of +\- R 595 billion rands. Let me make that simpler, dont want to loose you now, thats 595 thousand million rands. Let me make it simpler, thats looks like R 595 000 000 000. still not seeing the picture? Let me put it this way. That money could have built 3 966 000 million RDP homes for your shack dwelling comrades. Now, if we did not have 'puppets of the west' pointing this out, you and your comrades will still believe the white man is out to get you. But you blind twats still cant see its your own kind that have robbed you. And they will carry on robbing you. And you'll still vote for them to carry on robbing you. How friggin dumb can you be??

  • k_hallawaya - 2011-09-29 21:19

    ......HA HA......NUMSA-COSATU and whoever wants can call as hard and as loud as they wish.......The Minstrels elected by their vote consider them (NUMSA_COSATU)) as disposable material, now that their permanence in the gravy train has been assured.........

      PB - 2011-09-30 08:27

      It seems strange that while NUMSA and COSATU are regularly up in arms about stuff the anc is doing (or not doing), they still hang onto the apron strings by going into elections as partners with the anc. How about standing on your own as opposition - or are you too scared about the possible outcome?

  • leonard - 2011-09-30 05:51

    An observasion.Ministers and their minions are forever rushing overseas to study "MODELS"for use in SA.Why not use the expenditure model used in places like Norway,Holland and Denmark for example.No executive jets for the president.Bicycles used to cycle to work.National airlines used to fly overseas.Mid range hotels used if a sleep over is required.Adhere to laws when visiting other countries etc etc etc.Now,if our government would adopt models such as these,the public outcry over wasteful expenditure would surely stop.Or is this asking too much.A very concerned citizen.BTW,PP do your thing,we are right behind you.

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