Maladministration found in Midvaal

2011-11-08 18:20

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has found the DA-controlled Midvaal council guilty of maladministration and improper conduct.

According to Madonsela, a house in Henley-on-Klip that belonged to a ratepayer, who was R5 000 in arrears, was later sold by DA leader Andre Odendaal, the municipality’s debt collector and lawyer, for R180 000 - this, after a company he owned had bought it for R10 000.

Madonsela found that Odendaal's sale of the Henley-on-Klip house, valued at R118 000, was unlawful as it was not done via a public auction.

She has ordered the municipality, which is also under investigation by the special investigating unit, to review all work done by Odendaal during his 29 years of service as the municipality's lawyer.

Between 2003 and 2005 Odendaal was responsible for the transfer of 85 similar properties but none of them were sold through auction as required.

Madonsela said the management and sale of the properties of ratepayers who were in arrears contravened the Municipal Finance Management Act.

The DA had also failed to foresee a conflict of interest in the appointment of Odendaal as the council's debt collector, attorney and the DA's constituency chair in 2007.

Madonsela said it was unfair that the municipality pursued the debt owed by the Henley-on-Klip property owner while it wrote off a debt of R869 261 owed to it by a pre-paid electricity vendor contracted to the council.

"The municipality gave the vendor favourable treatment despite owing a huge sum of money yet the ratepayer owed the council only R5 000," said Madonsela.

Madonsela has instructed the council to institute a forensic investigation into all the properties sold by Odendaal and the reason why the municipality did not take disciplinary steps against its own officials after it was instructed to do so, following an internal audit.

In a statement, the DA welcomed the finalisation of Madonsela’s report and noted "that the public protector could find no evidence of fraud or corruption". 

  • Graham - 2011-11-08 18:28

    The FF+ are the ones who brought the complaint to the public protector apparently

      Graham - 2011-11-08 18:33

      Why give a thumbs down to someone stating a fact?

      Lyndatjie - 2011-11-08 18:40

      Maybe its a Language professor and he's objecting to you not having a fullstop after your sentence... Can't think of any other reason?

      Fred - 2011-11-08 18:42

      Well, no matter who brought the complaint to the public protector's notice, at least we know that if there is maladministration it will be dealt with properly, and the culprit punished, not rewarded, as the ANC ruling party would do.

      Dave - 2011-11-08 18:48

      Nope, Kolobe is angry because the ANC didnt raise the issue...

      Lyndatjie - 2011-11-08 18:52

      Soon we will have a Full Stop Party on the ballot papers... because look - their support is growing.

      Graham - 2011-11-08 18:53

      It must be! I heard Pieter Mulder talking about his reasons for charging the DA with this today on the midday report (Cape Talk).

      proafrikaans - 2011-11-08 19:37

      And so the DA-denialists crawl out the woodwork. Let's get this straight: Tony Yengeni abused his position, got a discount on a Mercedes in an irregular fashion and went to jail for this. Now a DA lawyer does the same thing, in effect: He got huge discounts on property and re-sold these by repeatedly abusing his position. Odendaal and Yengeni did the same thing from a moral point of view - they abused their positions to get unfair discounts. Except it's much worse in Midvaal. The DA knew about this, including Red Helen Zille, since 2009, and did f..all. This makes the entire bunch in Midvaal, as well as that great admirer of the Freedom Charter, Red Helen, complicit. Odendaal belongs in jail. Red Helen as well as the DA council should do the honourable thing and resign, being knowing accomplices in the blatant abuse of power.

      Jason - 2011-11-08 19:46

      Bottom line if he is guilty he should be charged to the full extent of the law. The only way for the DA to move ahead is to be squeeky clean.

      richard.hipkin - 2011-11-08 19:53

      @ProAfrikaans, the HUGE difference will be in the actions from the DA. Unlike Yengeni who was marched to prison on the shoulders of the ANC like a hero... You sound like you not thinking very broadly, a little biased, lacking foresight..

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-08 19:56

      @Proafrikaans, Funny that the person involved in this maladministration is Afrikaans. The mighty Afrikaner Nationalists fell to the little ladies of the Black Sash. There's not a government at any level anywhere in the world that is squeaky clean. It's how the DA deal with any inappropriate behaviour by anyone that matters. Go crawl back into your laager.

      Graham - 2011-11-08 20:04

      Don't listen to pro afrikaans. He is mad! He says Prince must be dropped from Proteas ODI team because he is not there on merit, when Prince hasn't even played an ODI for the Proteas since Jan 2007 - check out his crazy comment! Why if you don't know?

      Graham - 2011-11-08 20:05

      *why comment if you don't know!

      Atholl - 2011-11-08 20:20

      Lawyers make a living... ............ out of lies

      Ronald - 2011-11-08 20:40

      @ Athol. Yep, it is the 99% of lawyers that give the other 1% a bad name:-)

      Phuti - 2011-11-08 21:31

      Well well;I'm anxiously waiting 2 here from DA suppoters about this one.Hellen Zille must resign.white people are still corrupt even in the new interesting.

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-11-08 22:11

      Yeah I know the best way to solve this fellas, blame the ANC or compare this to other ANC cases, maybe Odendaal sold these properties to Julius and Madonsela must investigate where did he(Juju) get the money from.

      Thandiwe - 2011-11-08 22:17

      Two points Phuti. Firstly, "that the public protector could find no evidence of fraud or corruption". Secondly why talk on racial stereotypes? I know black DA and white ANC supporters so don't generalize!

      Silvana - 2011-11-09 07:03

      Who cares who brought the complaint to the public protector. If it was FF+ - good for them. We have become scavengers feeding on the misfortunes of others.

      Maduvha - 2011-11-09 07:20

      Who is this Thandiwe person, another white wanna be or a white person hidding behind African name. Everytime he/ she comments he/ she believes that he is the best thing to ever happen for African spices, whites don't need spokes person if you are African, they have all the means of fighting us that they can use to fight, media courts etc, so please just take it slow.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 08:50

      Odendaal is the Bryce Lawrence of Midvaal and deserves some jailtime! As does Bryce lawrence

      sprinkaan - 2011-11-09 11:38

      @Phuti ... So Helen must resign because a DA member was found guilty of maladministration / irregularities ? Does the same rule apply to the ANC when one of its 262 municipalities (which did not comply) are found guilty of maladministration ?

      Spyker - 2011-11-09 12:10

      This is an insignificant RED HERRING that pales in significance compared to what the ANC does on a DAILY BASIS..! Rather we should focus on matters of bona fide concern. MOODY'S CHANGES SA OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE Read the above article and see how the post-Polokwane ‘07 fascist ANC policies are taking SA to the edge of an economic abyss. The ANC WILL destroy SA, it is no longer a debate, the only variable is “WHEN”..? Eg: - Wal-Mart has contingency plans in place for SA to be in full civil war by 2015 (apparently based on a high-level “scenario” investigation involving the CIA). - In anticipation of the same scenario, the venue for the new Bond movie was hastily changed, away from Cape Town (based on the same high-level “scenario” investigation). - Now Moody’s is sending a veiled message to investors. IF YOU WANT A FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILDREN- AND THEIRS – WE HAVE TO RISE UP AND OBLITERATE THE ANC, IN ITS ENTIRETY, AT ALL- AND EVERY COST... The WAR FOR THE INTELLECTUAL LIBERATION OF SOUTH AFRICA has started. W_I_N__L_I_S_A --- _W_ar for the _IN_tellectual _LI_beration of _SA_ “Lisa” will become a symbolic figure for the Intellectual Emancipation of SA. LET THE ‘SAcan SUMMER’ START NOW...!!!

      Colin - 2011-11-09 12:40

      odendaal has been working for the midvaal municipality since 1980 so its not a da problem they inherited him from the previous municipalities including the time the anc was in control of midvaal

      psebetlela - 2011-11-09 13:34

      @ thandiwe abt Phuti statement..that ws noted by DA.and fraud and corruption will be proved once municipality has completed its own internal investigations. Clearly there's corruption & fraud here, but Madonsela wants put facts on the table hence internal investigation request. And yes, Phuti is ryt..if it was ANC municipality,you wil b raving insults and u r where ur nw bcos of ANC, u can walk freely every where bcos of de same ANC, i can go on & on wit ds.

      herman.brummer - 2011-11-14 01:13

      THERE WAS NO CORRUPTION! JUST A SMEAR CAMPAIGN. But, as it happened, the Public Protector found no evidence of corruption in Midvaal at all. Mr Mulder was referring to the release of the Public Protector’s report on various allegations relating to the Midvaal municipality due for release the next day.

  • Stevie - 2011-11-08 18:29

    I wonder if the ANC will make Odendaal an offer? He,s over qualified for the DA.

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-11-08 21:22

      There are always issues on organizations, its all about whistleblowing and how bes does one cover up.

  • Dave - 2011-11-08 18:32

    Thank you once again Thuli for showing independence and no favour to any party. I hope the DA acts swiftly on this matter, and compensates those who have been wronged. But I dont think this is the bomshell the ANC were hoping for..

      Mike - 2011-11-08 18:33

      More like a premature ejaculation

      Dave - 2011-11-08 18:37, or a burst condom according to our Sports Minister....

      Had - 2011-11-08 19:34

      Erectile dysfunction.

      Myancmyfuture - 2011-11-08 21:24

      Madonsela looks only on contractual matters and didn't have authority to check personal bank accounts but don't open the champagne just yet, the Special Investigation Unit is still busy.

      theandystokes - 2011-11-08 22:53

      @Phuti - Why do you have to make it a black and white thing? Seriously - But if you really want to play that game, take a look at the most succesful countries in the world, what colour are their goverments? And take a look at some of the most failed countries in the world, what colour are their goverments? If you want to take it further, take a look at the study of different races, see who's the smartest (It's not whites btw) but see who's at the bottom of the ladder. Get where I'm going with this? So before get all indignent about who's an embarrasment you may want to think about this - Or do like you always do when you don't understand, make some derogatory comment, insult or flatly deny everything all the facts out there and say its some conspiracy. At the end of the day I know I am enjoying life - You on the other hand seem to find joy in trying to insult people or start race conflict. But what ever floats your boat you sad little person. Rant over - Time for a glass of the good stuff.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 07:34

      Phuti you are clearly a racist bigot, why don't you take yourself and go jump in the ocean and start swimming, this country doesn't need rubbish like you.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-11-08 18:39

    What is it with South Africans who can't keep their greedy little paws out of the cookie jar? Enough already - just build a jail for them all, throw them in it - and give the responsiblity of feeding them to the poor. Lets see then how long these fatcats will then remain "fat" in the midst of people living in abject poverty.

      Lyndatjie - 2011-11-08 19:06

      1. Ratepayer is in R5 000 arrears. 2. Odendaal's company then bought it for R10 000. 3. House then gets sold for R180 000.00 Cookie Jar in this case means a loophole that was exploited - like an Insider Trader who needs to be slapped with a writ - which still makes it a cookie jar - and an immoral one to boot.

      Marion - 2011-11-08 19:08

      @Mike... call it what you like this was an abuse of power that should never have been given in the first place. Robbing the poor to enrich the rich. May they all be caught, in every sphere of politics in SA, named and shamed and imprisoned where necessary. They work for us, the people, and we the people are GATVOL !!

      Lyndatjie - 2011-11-09 07:16

      @Marion - Looks like our arguments were foolproof because Mike deleted his comment.... :)

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-08 18:46

    Wow, is this the best they can do? It seems to me that there is a conflict of interest seeing that there is a business connection. The fact is that most of these mp's have businesses outside oh their public service. It's possible that they offered the rate payer a private sale. Therein lies the conflict of interest. It's a thing grey line between corruption and private business where politicians are concerned.

  • kev47 - 2011-11-08 18:48

    Well done, Thuli. You protect our interests. No politician or party is above the law, and they serve us, the people of South Africa.

  • Guy - 2011-11-08 18:49

    thank god for Thuli ,prosecute the thiefs and return the house to the previous owner. Nothing is more galling as people in positions of influence abusing the systhem.

      Mike - 2011-11-08 18:58

      Read the full story Guy not just this article . She made it clear that there was no fraud or corruption, nobody stole anything!

  • rlmbennett - 2011-11-08 18:49

    I have every confidence that the D.A. will do what is legally and morally correct. Unlike the ANC.

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-08 18:53

    All those who has been singing ANC = Corruption must now sing DA = Corruption.

      Mike - 2011-11-08 19:05

      Point us to where corruption was found by Thuli

      Dave - 2011-11-08 19:20

      Absolutely right..ANC R30 billion...DA what?

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-08 19:28

      @Mike maybe you prefer DA = maladministration and improper conduct.

      Blip - 2011-11-08 20:16

      There's no corruption, as you have alleged. So ANC=corruption is still the only song on the song-sheet.

      Ronald - 2011-11-08 20:51

      @ humphrey. I do not condone what has taken place in this instance, but then one swallow does not make a summer, does it? One instance of wrongdoing does not mean that it is rife within the DA. Compare that to the ANC and the score would look like a cricket score in which the one team forgot to bat. But back to Odendaal, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and if found guilty, not land in the same jail or have the same doctor as Shaik.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 07:37

      humphrey so one incident of one person in the DA now makes them corrupt? What about the leader of the ANC and the president of the country who is corrupt? What about the ANC city mayors that are corrupt? What about the ANCYL leaders that are corrupt? You see your pathetic little statement has no strength behind it.

      Deon - 2011-11-09 08:03

      No corruption or fraud found.

  • kmkhontsiwe - 2011-11-08 19:00

    I'm so happy that this whole thing happened in a DA run municipality because corruption is forever associated with blacks and ANC.

      Blip - 2011-11-08 20:19

      And there's no corruption here. Can't you read?

      Colin - 2011-11-09 12:42

      odendaal also worked for the anc when they were in control of midvaal, maybe that's when all the irregularities took place

  • Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2011-11-08 19:11

    Racists pigs defending this thieving bastard coz he belongs to the DA. SHAME ON YOU!!!!

      Mike - 2011-11-08 19:19

      And you do the same for a party that has stolen 30 billion from our fiscus.

      Dave - 2011-11-08 19:21

      And where have you read one person defending this scum bag?

      Paas - 2011-11-08 19:23

      Guess you never noticed that in the last week a police chief was suspended and two cabinet ministers fired for being "thieving bastards" as you eloquently put it.

      Cape - 2011-11-08 19:28

      Agree with you Sihle. This is blatant fraud and corruption-benefitting from illegal sales-shame on him. I hope the DA put their money where their mouths are and fire the bastard and that SIU prosecutes the bastard. He deserves to sit in jail!

      humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-08 19:47

      @Paas this is the beginning I believe there is more skeletons hidden in the closet. The more shall follow, watch the space.

      pws69 - 2011-11-08 20:09

      @Paas, those ministers were NOT fired. They are still both MPs, and will remain so for the forseeable future, with their R860,000 salaries and ALL perks. The police chief is suspended, but for how long? 3 years, 5 years? ON FULL PAY. That is how the ANC rolls. Just before you are convicted, you get a warning, you resign, the case is withdrawn, you sit idle for a few months, and get redeployed. This has happened more than a dozen times in the last year alone, just in what the press reports.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 07:41

      Sihle why are you so intent on bringing race into this? Are you aware that the DA has support from blacks and whites? No one is defending anybody based on their race.

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-08 19:20

    I listened to E news the response from DA was no one is perfect. How ironic as they have been praise for good governance. Liar, Liar, Liar

      pws69 - 2011-11-08 19:46

      They have been praised for good governance, by the ANC government. Not to detract from what this piece of scum did, but the fact remains that there are 100,000 incidents of the same unethical behaviour by the ANC for every one by the DA, and you forgive the ANC. Who is being dishonest now? The second factor, which is the most important factor, is HOW the various political parties deal with it. In the Travelgate saga, the ONLY DA MP implicated was fired. With the ANC, several, including that convict Booi, where promoted, and Frene Ginwala used MY TAX money to buy out the debt to prevent further prosecution. Every single political party on the planet has its bad apples, but the difference between a decent party and scum like the ANC his HOW they deal with it. I'll continue voting DA, because in the end they ALWAYS do the right thing.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 07:44

      humphrey again your lack of knowledge is astounding, the DA's governance when compared to the ANC is outstanding, they may not be the best but when you're compared to the worst you can only look good, although I must say they would look good compared to most parties.

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2011-11-08 19:20


      richard.hipkin - 2011-11-08 19:34


      Ronald - 2011-11-08 21:03

      When you are DA or white it takes one person to make them hypocrites, according to you. How many corrupt ANC members will it take for the ANC or black people to be declared as hypocrites. Just your statement makes you one too!

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-11-08 19:40

    According to sabc news, ie. the interviews the DA spokes person said they addressed the issue in 2006 already so you rejoicing ANC supporters have egg on your face. Carry on carry on. And as far as DA supporters being racist, that's laughable. Just look at who the incoming leader of the party is. Race card pity party.

  • pws69 - 2011-11-08 20:00 DA response, highlighting where the PP got it wrong.

  • proafrikaans - 2011-11-08 20:00

    @Jeffrey - "Oom Bey" and Carl Niehaus were also Afrikaners. The station bomber Harris was Jewish. So is Red Helen Zille, Alec Erwin, Joe Slovo and any number of other fine scoundrels. What's your point?

      Blip - 2011-11-08 22:19

      Zille is a practising Christian. (But what's your anti-semitic spew against Jews about, anyway? Extending your vile racist bigotry to religion too?)

  • Myth - 2011-11-08 20:06

    I see this scumbag is a lawyer. There are no political or racial distinctions in these matters. Bust the mutha's azz.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-11-08 20:06

    Not that big a deal after all, is it? Procedural improperness, but not exactly rampant, ANC style thievery.

      Marilie - 2011-11-08 20:22

      What constitutes a big deal to you? Would it have been a big deal if it was YOUR property worth R180 000 that you lost for R5000????

      TamaraSays - 2011-11-08 21:39

      The fact is that they WERE in arrears. Yes, they should have handled it better, but banks do the same thing, don't they? I'll admit that there appear to be irregularities after the reposession, but this is nowhere NEAR the scale of ANC corruption around the country. Not in the same ballpark. Not even the same 'sport'.

      TamaraSays - 2011-11-08 21:42

      To put my comment into perspective, this has been BIG news, for several days now. The ANC has missapropriated more funds than this in one afternoon. That was where my 'not a big deal' comment came from. Compared to the people who were gleefully awaiting vindication (which seems to have missed them completely) this is something that can quickly and easily be fixed. Try saying that about the billions the ANC has stole over the years.

      gaff.harrison - 2011-11-09 08:24

      According to what i read, nobody "lost" their property. The report states that it was a deceased estate and that the administrator offered the property as a donation to settle the arrear rates and taxes. Nobody was left homeless. However, the disposal of the property is still an issue for me. If a civil servant has profited improperly the fire his/her a$$...and that applies to all political parties - DA/ANC/FF/ACDP etc.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-08 20:14

    How I detest Political Parties. They will spend so much time , energy and money squabbling with each other and yearning for that top position that they lose the plot completely. When Thuli Madonsela started stepping on some toes a while ago, it was very clear that her attention is being redirected away from the ANC, by the ANC. There even was talk of threats against her. It then came to light that she is to investigate malpractices which occurred during the apartheid years. This will keep her busy for some time. Now the Midvaal thing. I do believe all wrongdoing should be exposed and rectified, but anyone who can seriously say that the Midvaal corruption is even 5% of the ANC plunder of last month alone, needs his head read. Thuli is one of my heroes now that Tarzan has passed, but I am a bit disappointed in her fishing ability. She needs bigger hooks to catch the crooks. And she needs to show Political Parties the contempt they deserve.

  • Stephen - 2011-11-08 20:29

    Please can someone list all the ANC run councils that are not contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act. Then we will cross off the councils that have cases of fraud or corruption pending. Could be a very short list!!

  • niel.malan - 2011-11-08 20:32

    Let me see, a councillor forces the sale of a ratepayer's house, buys it himself, and sells it for an immense profit. The DA says there's no fraud or corruption. We do live in la-la land, don't we?

      Myth - 2011-11-08 21:28

      Well, now we know, it's not an anc thing, it's an SA thing.

  • Rudi - 2011-11-08 20:59

    This is a great day in SA history.Thank you Thuli for not being bias to anyone. Now we as citizens of this country can take our municipal offices to task. I will start by asking the public protector to investigate the Tswane council.Im sure there will be more bombshells dropping soon. Whatch this space.

  • Never-apologize - 2011-11-08 21:43

    No matter who says what, FACT is the DA is not as quicky clean as Its Supporters have ALWAYS CLAIMED.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 08:15

      I think it is more a case of the DA being much cleaner than the ANC which is what it's supporters claim, lets face it when compared to the corruption in the ANC most other parties look squeaky clean.

  • Mike - 2011-11-08 23:15

    In a statement, the DA welcomed the finalisation of Madonsela’s report and noted "that the public protector could find no evidence of fraud or corruption". In my book "According to Madonsela, a house in Henley-on-Klip that belonged to a ratepayer, who was R5 000 in arrears, was later sold by DA leader Andre Odendaal, the municipality’s debt collector and lawyer, for R180 000 - this, after a company he owned had bought it for R10 000". If that isn't fraudulent and corrupt, then I don't know what it is. In fact it is inhumane to repossess a house from people who have fallen into arrears and make such a huge profit from it.

      Blip - 2011-11-09 00:28

      Well, you're reading from the wrong book, pal. If it had been fraudulent and corrupt, it would be prosecutable by law. "Your book" is toilet paper.

      Myth - 2011-11-09 06:08

      Agreed, Mike. I believe it is theft at the very least and this Odendaal should go behind bars. @Blip: awesome intellect there, keep it up...

  • Peter - 2011-11-09 06:54

    It really does amuse me to see how the ANC jumps at any opportunity to have a dig at the DA. The ANC run areas are all mismanaged but nothing gets done. I know that the DA will take action against this person and it will be dealt with in the correct way. Unlike the ruling party. Fact is that politics is often corrupt but it often done without the main party body knowing. It is how they deal with the issue that is important.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-09 07:00

    Cheap crook! Preying on other's misfortunes. Hope the DA prosecute him and reinstate the property to their rightful owners. Let's see what you're made of DA.

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-11-09 07:47

    Now if only they can start cleaning up the ANC controlled municipalities then maybe we will have a country worth living in.

  • louiseferreira13 - 2011-11-09 07:53

    I don't understand the DA statement that Madonsela found no evidence of fraud or corruption. If other DA councillors knew of Odendaal's unlawful and irregular deals and stood idly by that amounts to collusion.....

      sidney.gilroy - 2011-11-09 07:55

      It is because the DA is calling on an age-old Afrikaner-mentality : If you ignore the problem or deny the does not exist.

  • sidney.gilroy - 2011-11-09 07:54

    Honestly. It is time that white people realise that corruption is not trademarked by the ANC government. It happened on a LARGE scale in Apartheid SA. The only reasion you idiots think corruption is a new phenom, is because you supported a government that had the Information Act and the Cencor Board. YOU JUST NEVER KNEW ABOUT IT. All politicians ine very country in the world is guilty to some degree because of a simple fact : Absolute Power Corrupts.

      sidney.gilroy - 2011-11-09 07:59

      And I think everyone is missing the fact that the DA knew about this and where warned about this specific problem in Midvaal years in advance. What did they do ? They suspended the council members who made waves about it and they walked over to the FF+ and ANC respectively. FACTS. Every cop a criminal. Every sinner a saint.

  • UrMuZe - 2011-11-09 09:19

    For 15 years I have been trying to bring the shananigans going on in Midvaal with that lawyer to someones attention,questioned the previous mayor about it at a public meeting, no responce, wrote a open letter to local councillor in a community newsletter, who ignored it. Myself and some friends can give lots more pointers for investigation.

  • Harry - 2011-11-09 09:44

    Corruption is part of politics. It happens here in Cape Town too under the DA Government and nationally under the ANC. I know because I have been asked for bribes from both parties led governments which I refused to do. There is very little between the two except one has a better marketing team and the other is arrogant enough not to not care about any marketing. In my opinion, government has very little to do with my life. Government is not going to solve our problems, we are. If each of us take control of our lives and stop this entitlement mentality, it will be amazing what we can achieve. For the doomsayers out there, In 1994, I earned R1 500.00 per month. I left formal employment in 1998 and started my business. I have never paid a bribe or benefited from BEE and there were many nights when I did not have money to put food on the table. Today, I have a private security company looking after my house, my kids go to private school. I have multiple degrees in engineering and Commerce as well as an MBA from UCT. This is the land of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard and chase their dreams. Political parties and government is just a distraction and excuse for each of you to reach your full potential. Putting your faith in political parties is like putting your faith in the tooth fairy.

  • sprinkaan - 2011-11-09 11:36

    @Phuti ... So Helen must resign because a DA member was found guilty of maladministration / irregularities ? Does the same rule apply to the ANC when one of its 262 municipalities (which did not comply) are found guilty of maladministration ?

      medupe.charles - 2011-11-09 12:10

      corruption is corruption, where da is smoke the is fire,da only thing DA is doing right is covering their asses. nxa

  • Musa - 2011-11-09 12:22

    Wow Ondendaal, wow DA. Where is this rhetoric " We have a tranparent tender system in Midvaal and Cape Town"? Even the tender proceses in Cape Town have been questioned (smells irregularities). We are still waiting for a report in this regard. What I still remember is that madam promised to resign if something went wrong. She knew about Odendaal's deals. Now these people are justifying this evil practice by saying the DA is better corrupt than the ANC. Shame on you, corruption is corruption. But this Ondendaal is cruel, how can he do such a thing. If there is hell, he must be destined to it.

      Colin - 2011-11-09 13:28

      2003 when this happened midvaal was under a anc municipality so once again this is a case of anc mismanagement

      UrMuZe - 2011-11-09 13:46

      Colin, where do you fall out? Midvaal was a DA run municipality in 2003!!

      Colin - 2011-11-09 15:43

      as far as I know it was part of vereeniging/vanderbyl at that time which means the anc was in charge

  • Johan - 2011-11-09 13:31

    Attorney Andre Odendal needs to face the music and also be reported to the Law Society. He needs to be held accountable for his actions. Beeing an admited attorney herself Zille should know better then to allow this practice to continue in DA run councils. Action is what we need to see now

  • herman.brummer - 2011-11-14 01:12

    THERE WAS NO CORRUPTION! JUST A SMEAR CAMPAIGN. But, as it happened, the Public Protector found no evidence of corruption in Midvaal at all. Mr Mulder was referring to the release of the Public Protector’s report on various allegations relating to the Midvaal municipality due for release the next day.

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