Sheriff attaches Mthethwa's furniture

2012-01-19 16:45

Johannesburg - Furniture worth almost R245 000 has been attached at Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's Cape Town office to cover the costs of civil claims, the DA claimed on Thursday.

"Even when the ministry of police loses in court, it chooses to ignore the ruling, forcing citizens to ask the sheriff of the court to attach goods in lieu of payment," Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard said in a statement.

"I will be submitting a series of questions to minister Mthethwa to determine why the SA Police Service (SAPS) is repeatedly failing to uphold the law and meet its debts."

Kohler-Barnard said the ministry had failed to pay the costs for five cases it had lost on appeal.

Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said the ministry was not aware of the attachments or the cases.

"The ministry of police respects every judgment of the court, and when we are ordered to pay any victim who might have suffered as a result of alleged police brutality, or any other case, we do comply.

"Politicians must refrain from politicising... crime. Clearly, to us, this is example of politicking."

According to the 2010/11 SAPS annual report, R11bn had been earmarked for civil claims against the department, Kohler-Barnard said.

The claims include assault, shootings, damage to property, police actions, vehicle accidents and legal costs.

She said three years ago, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg compiled a 400-page report, at a cost of R8m, into the police's legal services.

"The DA has repeatedly urged the ministry to act on the report's findings. Why two successive ministers of police have failed to act on its recommendations has never been explained."

When the report was commissioned, the backlog of civil legal claims stood at 19 000.

"The minister of police must explain why this state of affairs has been allowed to continue, and what steps he plans to take to curb the SAPS' repeated failure to meet its debts," Kohler-Barnard said.

  • Alfred - 2012-01-19 16:48

    Banana anyone?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 17:32

      None left - the Sheriff took them all.

      Wesley - 2012-01-19 18:15

      This is funny, one of these days all the ministers will sit under trees, (like in the old old days) and decide our ciuntry's faith

      Warren - 2012-01-19 18:20

      What a great excuse for Nathi to redecorate... & I have to pay for the old & the new. But when the poor ask where has MY tax been spent he will tell them I am a thief.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-01-19 22:56

      I think we still have a way to go before we can reach the banana phase of evoloution.

      Boer - 2012-01-19 23:22

      jEEZZZ Alfred Give them two Bananas. Useless South-African police. Now called SA-CIRCUS.

  • Kala - 2012-01-19 16:51

    "R11bn had been earmarked for civil claims against the department, Kohler-Barnard said." Thats the GDP of a small country!!

      leijn.tissink - 2012-01-19 17:06

      R 11 bn claims ... plus R 20 bn on fraud plus R 2 bn overspending by Juju province plus R400 mill of 100 yr party bling ....the list is growing on the ANC government mismanagement and 2012 has just commenced.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-19 20:35

      yep, they went to Kentucky first.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-19 17:00

    the people in power don't care about us...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 17:34

      Unfortunately the people who vote will never see this article. The goverment keeps them poor, uninformed and unemployed. Why would the ANC change anything while theey still get the votes?

  • Merkwaardig - 2012-01-19 17:02

    A night in jail for contempt of court will be very effective, I think...

  • Sharon - 2012-01-19 17:22

    hmph - Seems our government is promoting job creation in the sheriff's office.

  • Ben - 2012-01-19 17:23

    Where exactly will the money eventually come from to pay these claims?

      Sharon - 2012-01-19 17:26

      Maybe they can apply to Lotto

      dave.leverton - 2012-01-19 17:40

      Have a look at your payslip and remember that the money taken from your hard labour is going to clean up someone else's mess.

      Warren - 2012-01-19 21:45

      @ dave.leverton: ......& pay for their new office furniture!

  • Andre - 2012-01-19 17:30

    Furniture worth almost R245 000 has been attached at Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's Cape Town office to cover the costs of civil claims. Let this attachments be a national embarrasment for anc rule

  • Shirley - 2012-01-19 17:31

    Unfortunately he will just go out and buy nore at tax payers expense! He will then say it is a conspiracy by the D.A. against him.

      Juan - 2012-01-19 20:15

      I think what this country desperately needs is a tax boycot. We demand that these incompetent fools leave before they see another cent of our money. I wonder who could arrange for something like that

  • Zion - 2012-01-19 17:38

    One has to ask the question: Is this the final melt-down where the police and similar forces of this country have reached the nadir of their capacities and capabilities. Commissioner Selebi is in prison, well almost.Gun-slinging Cele is on suspension. Senior officers are being investigated for statistic frauds. Scores of cops are doing time with their officers for petty crimes. Groups of cops are bribing poor peasants. And now even the great minister, the man himself, has his furniture repossessed just like a small-time-fly-by-night crook. Wonder what is still in his garage. Hope he paid for the furniture otherwise he still owes Lewis or Bears (Who don't care a damn)Yessire, it must be hard to be a commissioner or minista. He could sing lullabies to the kamma sick Selebi and cry on each others shoulders like real cadres do. FMD.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-19 18:09

    He needed new furniture. The old furniture was already more than a year old, so the sheriff did him a favor. Now he can get nice new expensive furniture paid for by the taxpayer.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-19 18:58

    "Sheriff attaches Mthethwa's furniture" Interesting headline. Only it is not Mthetwa's furniture. He won't feel a thing. You and I paid for it. We will just pay for new stuff for him. And so it goes with other claims against government departments. Health for instance. The minister feels nothing because he/she just takes your money and pays the claim. Recently there was a claim against SAPS for wrongful arrest or something. Millions claimed. To me it looked like a set-up, where the police cooperate in a claim against the department.(Take your money) Each Government department should have its own insurance against claims. Taxpayer's money must not be touched.So, for instance, fines ordered by courts can be used to assist settling SAPS claims. Personnel responsible for the initiation of the claim, should also be acted against.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-19 19:10

    IT GETS WORSE ---- FAST:- Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Meeting with Kings of South Africa (English)

  • Ed - 2012-01-19 19:42

    i wonder of much of the, that was set aside for civil claims, is still left. After the Limpopo deficit, I mean theft of R2.0bn, i doubt much.

  • mhlengwem - 2012-01-19 19:47

    She said three years ago, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg compiled a 400-page report, at a cost of R8m, into the police's legal services. That works to R20,000 per page: scary stuff it is! Bananas!

  • Dewdawn - 2012-01-19 19:52

    I am very happy that the spokes person recognizes that the Ministers failure to manage his department is a crime. Clearly the spokesperson failed to think before saying "Politicians must refrain from politicising... crime. Clearly, to us, this is example of politicking." It's a pity they cannot be penalised for their failure to perform.

  • Thandi - 2012-01-19 20:20

    And this is the moron who is in charge of our police. No wonder our so-called police force is such a shambles. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • Eidel - 2012-01-19 21:32

    This is really a "lekker" country to live in. No law in the law book is applicable to those is high positions or their tjommies….

  • braamc - 2012-01-19 21:39

    Above the law, not.

  • alice.pretorius - 2012-01-19 21:52

    Why did the Sheriff not take Mthethwa as well - vat hom fluffy!!

      makesuthink - 2012-01-20 08:41

      The sherrif only takes thing of value and can be sold at a price

  • Dave - 2012-01-19 22:00

    Did Mthethwa get his "cool drink" contribution before , or after the confiscation?

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-01-20 05:11

    Article doesnt elaborate wat the R245K claim, it doesnt seem like writer of article did any work other sit on phone wit DA person and then write the article. As usual the prophets of doom will love any negativity and froth at the mouths while reading it

      Jason - 2012-01-20 09:10

      Go back to school, and ask for an english repeat class!!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-20 06:54

    O M G Next to go are the flash cars !! I love it when the "liberators" stuff up !!!

  • jack.kukard - 2012-01-20 07:02

    Fruit salad ......these impi's

  • Johnson - 2012-01-20 07:36

    We are celebrating now - no time for work or civil claims you gifted few who wants to politicize my departments brutality. We will pay next year - after celebrating

  • Angus - 2012-01-20 08:38

    Wow, a quarter of a million rands furniture is physically taken away and the ministry's spokesman says they don't know about the attachment and they ALWAYS honour the courts ruling????? Isn't blatant lying in the face of cold hard facts a crime? Pass the banana's around please...

  • Sasmart - 2012-01-20 11:51

    what was the furniture made from, gold???

  • Zebelon - 2012-01-20 20:49

    ANC government in the picture as always. The national democratic revolution is in full swing and is still far from completion; advantage is for those in ANC and not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

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