Protector to probe Cape tender claims

2011-08-22 22:39

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has decided to investigate a communications tender in the Western Cape.

"There is going to be a full investigation and a team has been allotted to draw up a plan," Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said on Monday.

"I am not sure when the investigation will be completed, but I will confirm a date at a later stage."

The tender, worth between R50m and R70m and awarded to advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, was a two-year contract for the development and implementation of a brand and communications strategy for the Western Cape government.

The Sunday Times reported that the provincial treasury had found a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille told the paper she believed the process had been "transparent, fair, equitable, competitive and cost-effective".

"I said we had nothing to hide, and requested the auditor general to conduct a tender process audit," she was quoted as saying.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-22 23:00

    good it would appear that she has moved with alot ore alacciry than the anc which leads me to believe that she pretty sure of the outcome of the audit

      rosemari - 2011-08-23 02:27

      Isnt it strange that the ANC is wanting this tender investigated and yet they refuse to investigate the corrupted arms deal along with many others. Even the tenders that were handed out by the ANC run municipalities have never come to much, Its time they started doing an investigation on themselves too

      tryanything - 2011-08-23 06:47

      No Not strange at all. Need a distraction see...

  • BryanJhb - 2011-08-22 23:06

    I believe the Treasury had actually found that best practice had not been complied with rather than a "lack of control measures". It would be fantastic if our only problem with gov depts was non compliance with best preactice. I recall that when the Public Protector looked at the awarding of tenders in Limpopo she found a lack of documentation from which to make any finding!!!

  • TamaraSays - 2011-08-22 23:16

    Good, bring it on. The sooner she reports that there was no funny business going on, the better. Then we can all get back to focusing on the real crooks in government.

  • lapfa - 2011-08-23 01:23

    I am sure there will be a lot of dirt discovered here. Otherwise the public protector would not have initiated the investigation.

      Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-23 02:00

      Corruption knows no bounds and has no skin colour but lets face facts that the ANC(African National Corruption Party) are showing the ex National Party (the old apartheid party) how easy it is and exactly how it should be done. It's as natural for them as having skin on their body.

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-23 02:14

      I'm sure there is very little dirt to be discovered here otherwise Zille wouldn't have asked for the probe.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 03:42

      I recall Mrs Zille saying "SHE WANTED AN INVESTIGATION"... She even offered to RESIGN should any "HANKIE PANKIE" have taken place! That my friends, is a sign of a TRUE CIVIL SERVANT!!!!!!

      Komasa - 2011-08-23 04:59

      Georgie and then..... you passed out.

      vic - 2011-08-23 08:17

      Eish lapfa...someone is gonna resign after this investigation

      John - 2011-08-23 08:58

      Yeah, right.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-23 09:11

      I hate that comments are reduced to party politics and racism. Politicians mixing with Ad Agencies? Seriously? In theory then, not only am I being lied to, it is filtered by Ad Agencies and paid for with my money. It should be banned by the constitution as a crime against humanity.

  • Georgie Porgie - 2011-08-23 01:52

    One really wonders how does this kantre run. Come to think of it, it's like a ship at sea with no pilot at the helm because they all below deck fighting with each other while the ship is heading for the rocks and we all know what happens when the ship runs aground. I mean this one is asking this about one party and that one is demanding that about another party and so on; instead of getting on with the job and running the kantre. The survey says it all that the past most positve people are now the present most negative people. can you blame them?

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-23 02:15

      What's a 'kantre'?

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 03:44

      PnP.... must be a SHIP TYPE THINGY thats going to run into rocks???

      Komasa - 2011-08-23 04:56

      'Kantre' is norwegian for upset, to overthrow, capsize or turn. @Georgie Porgie buy your bags of fertilizer and clean your assault rifles and get the night sights out. Don't drink on monday nights because the ship of doom will always come sailing in.

      Yar - 2011-08-23 06:36

      @George Are you for real? You mix some good grammar with really crap spelling. I think you are a bullshooter.

      Anchorman - 2011-08-23 07:46


  • Komasa - 2011-08-23 05:13

    38% of Zille's salary is paid directly by the private sector and not through taxes, thus DA tenders have been and will always be scrutinized

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 07:04

      More BULLSH!T from an ANC supporter... Where did you get thast crap from @ Komasa? Got proof? Mrs Zille does NOT draw a salary from her party... the DA. She does get her R1,7m from being the PREMIER, but as for drawing a salary.. sorry to burst your UNINTELLECTUAL BUBBLE!! She even USES a POOLE CAR for her OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENTS.... unlike your "HERO'S", whom ALL "HAVE TO HAVE" R1m + vehicles, WITH a 6 vehicle entourage, commonly known as BLUE LIGHT SECURITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which Mrs Zille BANNED in the W/Cape, so BTW! Please Komasa.... when you OPEN your MIND UP ONEDAY... the DA will forgive you for THINKING LIKE A TROLL!!!!!!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 07:07

      Difference between the ANC and the DA? DA DELIVERS and SERVES their PEOPLE. ANC think they are ROYALTY, and LIVE ACCORDINGLY... whilst their followers live in ABJECT POVERTY!!!!!

      NEWDADUDE - 2011-08-23 07:45

      Typical troll thinking!!!! Unlike your anc criminal politicians that draw salaries from the state, directorships in companies and of course the bribes from tenderpreneurs.

      willieman - 2011-08-23 08:13

      Give us the evidence

      willieman - 2011-08-23 08:23

      Komasa it would be interesting to get your comment about Sicelo who visited the criminal girlfriend(nogal!!!!)with tax payers money.The silence of Mr President about Cele,Mahlangu to put the cherry on top for you what about the minister of state securty's wife Cwele.The bottom line is do not write crap thinking that you'll get away with it.Stop play stupid vuvuzela politics and face facts and the truth.

      Babba x - 2011-08-23 08:26

      @ rofras. Boet, you are dof. There was a negotiation between the municipality and the community. The agreement was that if the houses were made bigger the community would enclose the toilets themselves. They turned on their word after the DA built bigger houses. Typical of comrades!! Moron. Get your facts

      mzanzirules - 2011-08-23 08:27

      I gotta say if there is proof of this bring it out, ALL corruption must be exposed for a prosporous South Africa!

      tracer - 2011-08-23 10:12

      please provide proof chop.

      Point Blank - 2011-08-23 10:47

      Komasa is a poof

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-23 07:29

    Notice how Thuli is being nudged away from ANC corruption? Focus on Apartheid era corruption...focus on Opposition corruption...

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-23 07:59

      Corruption is corruption.

  • Phelan Wulf - 2011-08-23 07:40

    Good,shows that the public Protectors office is doing its job.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 07:55

      About THE ONLY Department that is WORKING in the current Govt... Rest are ALL LAZYBOOI'S!

  • NEWDADUDE - 2011-08-23 07:43

    Just goes to show who the real politicians are and who are the criminals. The DA welcome an ivestigation while the anc never will. But its also strange that the probe into the DA is launched with far less evidence of wrong doing than any anc probe which have neon signs indicating corruption. But I have now doubts my President will come out squeaky clean as usual.

  • unratedexter - 2011-08-23 07:44

    I thought is was R1Bn? Did someone inflate the numbers again?

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 07:56

      What ever SPEWS out of Tony Ehrenreich's mouth is INFLATED... ALOT LIKE HIS EGO!

      John - 2011-08-23 09:01

      The Sunday Times inflated the numbers. They ended up with egg all over their face . .

  • mzanzirules - 2011-08-23 07:48

    The old saying goes like this, What's good for the goose is good for the gander! I welcome any probe and audit wheter it's for the ruling goverment or opposition. We need to establish a culture of accountability and for that reason I say go ahead check em all!

  • Rofras - 2011-08-23 07:53

    The public protector should save this energy for Malema. Madam has nothing to hide.

      RGL - 2011-08-23 08:34

      Make up your mind where you stand ! Earlier, you said you'd become a sniper if DA ever ruled, now you support Zille! Prat !

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 08:53

      ROFAS has NOT had his PILL FOR THE DAY yet...forgive him! He is betwixed between the STUPID PILL.... or the CLEVA PILL!!!!!!

  • Trevor - 2011-08-23 07:58

    Why is the Public Protector getting involved when the DA has openly asked the AG to audit them??? This STINKS of ANC smear campaign...ANC is only driven by race hate these last few years...they have ZERO interest in the people else they'd use the WC as a BENCHMARK on how to service the people that voted them in...everything the ANC does is race based....

      King Msendi - 2011-08-23 12:40

      The public protector is doing her job. Now he stinks of ANC smear campaign while she was receiving thumbs up not so long ago??? Be fair in your judgement. Where does ANC and everything that is race based fit here…

  • Hoppy42 - 2011-08-23 08:09

    @Netherlands, you hit the nail squarely on the head!! African custom dictates that the "chief" lives in the lap of luxury and his subjects live in "abject poverty". It is the african way, and hence the lack of oppostion to the new political elite enriching themselves. Europeans were subject to similar living conditions as little as 150 years ago, hopefully the tide will turn within our lifetimes and the "subjects" will eventually rise up and say "NO MORE". The frustration is evident in reading the posts on this forum in that us whities believe that africans condone graft and corruption but simply put, they know no better (for now).

      Netherlands - 2011-08-23 08:55

      Only reason the masses vote for the ANC is the FACT that the ANC "LEADERS" tell the masses they will LOOSE THEIR SECURITY GRANT PAYOUTS, should the DA take over...

  • Zhulu - 2011-08-23 08:34

    Eish ANC...ANC, this show that ANC is running this country as their own back yard. with so much tender scandals withing ANC but they concentrating on DA, why?, is it because it an position party...i wonder what will happen if South African give ANC enough power, cos they look like they have a mission.

      King Msendi - 2011-08-23 12:43

      Let the public protector do her job… ANC is not mentioned in the story…

  • Dylan - 2011-08-23 08:54

    I also feel that the autocratic manner in which the western cape provincial government simply handed over more than 30 million rand for tourism marketing to ONE company (the same company that confirmed that they are not spending one cent on targetted print media advertising AND that spent more than 50% of the previous year's grant on Salaries alone!)

      Point Blank - 2011-08-23 10:49

      Oh dear, you don't really know much do you. You should try actually finding out what this is all about.... Stop reading ANC propaganda, sounds like you quoting out of the ANCYL weekly..

  • albacore - 2011-08-23 09:21

    @ DYLAN.Where are you coming from ??????.R30 mill,tourism!!!!.Please be more specific.In any case this article is about.The tender, worth between R50m and R70m and awarded to advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris, was a two-year contract for the development and implementation of a brand and communications strategy for the Western Cape government. So we eagerly await your informed reply.

  • gwayimbo - 2011-08-23 09:22

    Ahaaa let's see Da worming their way out of this one...Amandla to da ANC!!!! Da ANC shall n will remain da party of choice for da majority And we hope Thuli Madonsela will find something dat will eventually dis credit da DA n expose all da filth it deserves.

      Point Blank - 2011-08-23 10:50

      Shame, you remain forever hopeful yet constantly dissappointed...

      Patsy - 2012-03-18 16:12

      HOW can you be SO stupid, gwayimbo??? Do you honestly believe the ANC cares about you or anyone but themselves??? Crazy, crazy, crazy.....

  • ANCYL4PRES - 2011-08-23 09:44

    Julius Malema 4 president and Lindiwe Mazibuko 4 Deputy!

      Point Blank - 2011-08-23 10:51

      No, Lindiwe Mazibuko for prez

  • Virginia - 2011-08-23 09:47

    Boy are they quick on the draw, Zuma, Malema and the travel gate has been going on for so long and now suddenly it is the DA, WOW we are on the ball, public Protector, dont forget Cele om hospital he still has to be accounted for.Be it White then the action is quick.

  • WHITE MAN - 2011-08-23 10:12

    BRING IT ON ANC !!!!!!

  • Bankai - 2011-08-23 13:56

    Sure Netherlands its sucks when black do some stuff well guess what thats what we use to say about whites about 18 years ago so put a sock in it.

  • beicime - 2011-08-23 14:22

    Russian-American philosopher Ayn Rand: “When you realize that to produce you need authorization from those that produce nothing, that money flows to those that do not negotiate with assets but with favors, that many get rich through bribery and influence, more than through work, and that laws don’t protect you from them but rather protect them from you, when you realize that corruption is rewarded and honesty turns into self-sacrifice then you can say without fears of being wrong that your society is condemned.”

  • Patsy - 2012-03-18 16:07

    They are going to try to find any excuse to attempt to blacken your name, Helen. I suppose you are expecting it as that is the way the ANC works to divert the attention from their own crooked practices. Hang in there....

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