Sisulu refuses to move into headquarters - report

2012-07-28 22:32

Johannesburg - Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is refusing to set foot in the department's headquarters in Pretoria, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The newspaper reported that Sisulu said the building is in a rundown part of the town and was not safe for her staff.

She has, instead moved into the offices of one of the agencies under her department, forcing senior management to relocate from one of the floors to give the minister and her entourage enough office space.

Sisulu's spokesperson, Ndivhuwo Mabaya, confirmed that the minister had not been to the department's headquarters since her redeployment two months ago, owing to concerns about the location and state of the building.

Mabaya said Batho Pele House, in the CBD of Pretoria, was not ideal for Sisulu and other ministerial staff.

He said the building was derelict and in the wrong part of town, making it unsafe to work late.

"It is not a secret that the building is not located well. I personally would have a problem working there in the evening," he said.

Sisulu has set up operation in the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) in Erasmuskloof in Pretoria East.

Mabaya insisted that Sisulu had nothing to do with the decision to set up office in the Sita headquarters.

He said the decision was taken by ministerial management team, which had safety concerns regarding the location of the building.

  • Jacques - 2012-07-28 22:46

    Perhaps if public service weren't up to banana peels, the area wouldn't be so unsafe? Well, guess it isn't new. Minister's kids in private schools, they go to private hospitals, private private private... Not even real estate is safe from their favouritism.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-28 23:41

      If she was savvy, she'd turn this into a wonderful opportunity for Public Works and CBD revitalisation.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-29 06:26

      Blue light protection, million dollar cars, and she doesn't feel safe?

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-29 07:59

      I think she's worried someone(Mamma Winnie?) will want to steal her Wig!

      lownabester - 2012-07-29 08:32

      She is so arrogant its not even funny. Gets away with murder. Idiot.

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-07-29 08:41

      What has she done with her hair. Thats not her hair?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-29 08:45

      So, what does the "wrong side of town" look like? Why is it unsafe? Is it a race issue? Are there too many whites there? Nigerians? Blacks? What constitutes a bad area? Criminality? Well speak to the minister of police to clean it up. Or is it an economic thing - not enough luxury?

      Vince.York - 2012-07-29 09:26

      When is an ANC member no longer "one of the people" and cannot be safe among the citizens on the streets or in office blocks or even just shopping while rubbing shoulders with every colour, race and creed? AT LAST the South Africans start to see just how removed from reality they have become, and that the ANC members are a few members for whom everything is for the take and to hell with South Africans who are not part of that gaggle inner core that usurped the original anc.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-07-29 09:54

      So what is the fuzz about? Deploy some of the army personnel too keep you safe you tart!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-29 11:04

      let Public Service share the building with the police seeing as police are looking for new head-quarters. That way we kill two birds with one stone. Police get their new headquarters and Public Service are safe...

      Jannie - 2012-07-29 13:55

      JZ said SA was 100% save?????????

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-29 15:38

      He did? All I experience when he speaks is I see lips moving and I hear toilet like sounds

  • tebogo.moche.3 - 2012-07-28 22:53

    Lindiwe is such a prima donna! Cud she quit civil service already!

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-29 02:04

      Prima donna ? No she think she is somebody special beacause of her surname. Can the President not pick better candidates instead of narrowing his selection to sex( not THAT type/male or female) and politcal sidecar riders. Lets face it, if she was a Sithole she would not have got the job.

  • sne.nene.5 - 2012-07-28 22:57

    "The newspaper reported that Sisulu said the building is in a rundown part of the town and was not safe for her staff".And what about the people who actually live in buildings located in such areas and have to live the reality that her and her entourage are avoiding.The disregard for the "ordinary" citizen continues without shame even

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-28 23:00

      ..and what caused that part of town to become 'rundown'? No doubt it's because her manicurist won't travel that far.

  • Oom Kosie - 2012-07-28 22:58

    Yes, but it is ok for citizens to go to! The taxpayers who pays her salary!

  • Keabetswe Prince Mathabathe - 2012-07-28 23:04

    Nw i knw dat we ordinary south africans r not entitled 2 safety, safety is only 4 Minister who r spoiled brats. I've been 2 da buildin b4

      zaatheist - 2012-07-29 05:47

      blogawah stumbleop slaphed weirdslap ingnoramusty poeholwerp

      hein.huyser - 2012-07-29 16:04

      Now just wake up to the other lies as wll and we are halfway there

  • Avesh Athmanand - 2012-07-28 23:08


      press.enter.12 - 2012-07-29 03:24

      There goes Erasmuskloof . . .

  • kim.buren - 2012-07-28 23:17

    She works late?

      reveng21 - 2012-07-29 00:06

      She works?

      Erna - 2012-07-29 01:23

      No her staff does.

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-29 05:38

      She has to work late because she only gets into the office at midday. It takes her ages every morning to do her nails, her hair, her lips, her eyelashes, select an outfit, etc

      lownabester - 2012-07-29 08:35

      She is so busy trying on new wigs, Must put pressure on the poor madam. Hell what more does she want???

      braamc - 2012-07-29 18:13

      It had another bad hair day

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-07-28 23:55

    This was caused by negliegence by ANC government...

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-07-29 00:09

    Doesn,t she realise that the reason the building and the area it's in is decrepit is 'THE ANC'

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-29 00:15

    Your government is responsible.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-29 00:20

    South Africa is not safe for anybody but do the common citizens have any options to move their houses or offices?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-29 00:39

    Ok. An admission from a minister that our country is not safe. Not that zumie will pay any attention. Another thing ... Is this the way government staff feel about attending government hospitals? I wonder. Apartheid was wrong and during those years blacks had no choice and were compelled to make use of the facilities provided. There was a difference though, the facilities were clean, very presentable and nothing to be afraid of. Nowadays, a government hospital is a disgusting disgrace, with not enough of anything. Why is this? Will some wag say its because of apartheid? It was unheard of in apartheid times that white nurses stood back and watched patients die. But black nurses have been known to do so, back then, and now. So now, after the struggle and loss of lives, the masses still have no choice, even after voting their beloved ANC into power.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-29 00:54

      Parts of our country are not safe only when the elite are directly at risk. But it's good enough for the rest of us.

  • Erna - 2012-07-29 01:32

    And what about the people in her department that are working there and are not moved? Obviously she thinks her life is more valuable than ours.

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-07-29 03:23

    A bling loving, blue lights, bodyguards SA ANC minister unsafe in SA. Feel what millions of poor black voters feel every day, all day and One day the ANC voters will realise the party they faithfully vote vor abandon them and only look after itself. It probably would feel like apartheid days if all the ANC political leaders end up in jail , not for political crimes , but for plain criminal stealing the voters money,this time

      Henk - 2012-07-29 11:20

      Victor jou dom dwis. The NP merged with the ANC phuk nut.V

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-29 04:40

    Public Services? What public services? This department is non existent! Move this mob to Madagascar. Zoombie has contacts in that neck of the woods!

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-07-29 05:27

    An still the voters dream on..

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-29 06:39

    Oh for crying out loud in a pot hole...stop throwing you toys and do what you are paid to do. No one like's a cry baby.

      louise.cook.127 - 2012-07-29 13:40

      Go try to work there yourself! (I know that area and you REALLY can't work late - unless you have body guards, which Sisulu probably does have.)

  • Erna - 2012-07-29 06:56

    IF anyone in the News24 is awake and working, PLEASE STOP gabriela.clark from placing those idiotic, inappropriate adverts. I have reported them, to no avail.

      Kirchner Van Deventer - 2012-07-29 07:18

      So have I, it's spam and definitely a fake Facebook profile.

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-29 09:07

      i quite enjoy them myself

  • rudolphreichel - 2012-07-29 07:02

    Just looking at these comments it seems like there should be a consideration to receive a vote of confidence from public concerning this government soon - think about it....when last were there a positive comment about this government.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-29 07:36

      How do we get a petition together? Seriously! - 2012-07-29 08:20

      So you surely believe that 50 comments are enough to call for a referendum in a country of 50million? Surely? Seriously?

      louise.cook.127 - 2012-07-29 13:42

      rudloph, sorry, "when last WAS there a positive comment..."

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-29 07:07

    Without fail, every comment released by the ANC turns out to be an embarrassment and further proves their ineptitude. Surely this is why they are pushing so hard for the imposition of the secrecy bill? Ridiculous statements like this just further prove the shallow mentality of those in power. Perhaps all in government should write a competency exam - that would yield interesting results. There's no slick interaction, admirable qualities, compassion, genuine self confidence (based on a genuine feeling of self worth), genuine concern for the people and not one ounce of selflessness. I cannot imagine getting up in the morning and looking at the lying, cheating, corrupt face that's looking back at me, knowing that my actions this day may rob people of their lives, homes or businesses - just imagine - the meter is read wrong, metro won't fix it till client makes payment, so metro cuts them off, so they lose their business (don't deny it - we were millimeters away from that, city power, thank you very much). Thank heaven for the DA who assisted us - because their councillor possessed the qualities mentioned above. If not for him, Victor Penning and his amazing team, we would have been out on the street. Let's have real change, let's get rid of this vile cancerous growth that is slowly strangling us all and have a chance at the lives were were all meant to have. It should be there for each and every one of us, not just a select and greedy few.

  • herman.heil - 2012-07-29 07:26

    Soon the high and mighty will come to a fall......

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-29 07:34

    Zuma, create a new portfolio for this one. Minister of M&P, Manicure and Pedicure.

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-29 07:37

    people have unbecoming comments on a public space

      patrick.saunders123 - 2012-07-29 07:46

      you are an idiot.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-29 07:51

      Define 'unbecoming'.

      Roslyn Rose - 2012-07-29 09:17

      I must agree with Tshepo. We only see one side of a person: the one the media paints. From another angle, the picture could be totally different. Even without giving this lady the benefit of the doubt, it is in the interests of all South Africans when the officials start realising that something is wrong with Safety and Security in our country

      henk63 - 2012-07-29 10:41

      @Roslyn - Sorry no we can not give her the benefit of the doubt, because there is no doubt. This lady sees herself as some sort of Queen (probably just waiting for Winnie to die for the title to become vacant). This is quite common in Africa - playing the part of some highly cultivated, respectable person, but in fact deep down she knows what she really is - I will not put that here. In fact she is a nothing who rides the coattails of her "hero" father, who was nothing but a terrorist anyway.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-29 15:50

      wow how long did it take you to work out that inane comment- was your mother a man?

  • Juanne-pierre De Abreu - 2012-07-29 07:45

    The ANC "cleans" out Pretoria, and once the city is left with only their supporters it becomes unsafe. Strange that.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-07-29 07:46

    If she refuses to go into an office where her staff are working everyday, what about where these people live? She won't go to Dieploot or Alexandra townships. Unfortunately most government ministers and officials have forgotten that they are supposed to serve the people who voted them into power. We need a government that will work for the people and not look down on the people who continue to be poor everyday.

      mark.hicks.90281 - 2012-07-29 08:59

      Couldn't agree with you more brother

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-29 09:13

      it is so easy vote DA as simple as that

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-30 08:39

      Sefako cannot agree with you more

  • siliziwem - 2012-07-29 07:47

    Even the ministers dont trust the VIP security provided to them by the safe are the citizens? Next thing the ministers wont visit rural areas because of bad roads

  • msanelegift - 2012-07-29 07:58

    Some of you fools make me laugh yes it is unusual to hear such a story feel the story is a tad \OverBoard\ don't support madness but I bet if you heard Police had been deployed and private security companies are paid to guard you would still complain use the grey matter between your head there are women working late hours she's protecting her staff and the Women from unwanted situations sometimes it helps being sober while reading a story rather have them move than have a huge tender contract for SECURITY! Can't have both!

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-30 08:40

      So it is ok for the rest of the people who has to work there to continue working there?

  • peter.bolze - 2012-07-29 08:24

    work late? Do government employees actully work?

  • itse.nnete.1 - 2012-07-29 08:31

    Ooh they are just too good for that rundown part of Pta where all average people work and live.Dear public works minister please be sure to tell the Tshwane municipality to halt name changing and refurbish the old buildings so that all Pretoria people may enjoy a safer and much more liveable CBD.We shall be eternally grateful that an elite ANC princess like yourself hangs out in the common peasant ridden CBD...

      henk63 - 2012-07-29 10:48

      In the good old days of Apartheid we could wander through the streets of Pretoria, windowshopping until late at night. Now, I refuse to set foot there even by day. The difference between then and now? Strict law-enforcing those days, punishment that fitted the crime but most of all, a WORKING GOVERNMENT! Aah what luxury we had!

  • daniel.v.wyk - 2012-07-29 08:33

    Do something about the safety!!! Close our borders and build new jails, lock up all who is sonnected to crime! Then we the PEOPLE and the ministers can feel SAFE!!!!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-29 15:54

      at least 50% of the sheeple will be in prison and all the ministers

  • arcticencounter - 2012-07-29 08:33

    She has a point, but I think she should thank the lease tenderpreneurs for its location. She is known to be a bit of a "political princess".

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-07-29 08:48

    Welcome to the world the ANC created and we have to live with every day

      esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-07-29 11:31

      Where did you walk then? We missed you very much!

      Erna - 2012-07-29 17:37

      @Victor - It may be OK for you to walk on the pavement in the CBD but it isn't for a woman alone!

  • Quartus - 2012-07-29 08:52

    The compulsive flyer hit the front pages again for the wrong reasons. How arrogant! Zuma should just get rid of her altogether

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-07-29 08:58

    How safe is Luthuli house in the city centre? This is just rubbish, at least she has ViP protection. She must just render services and stop moaning.

  • Sharon - 2012-07-29 09:16

    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Minister. plase ensure that all those employees under you and all those who are subject to the Public Adminitration Act can enjoy those same rights that you want such as safety, a safe palce to park, clean and comfortable surroundings in which to work and all the necessary tools which are fully functional in order for you to conduct your work without having to worry about being mugged, having your car broken into or stolen, getting stuck in a lift or even falling off your broken chair and getting injured. When one makes an observation to ones supervisors you are told to take it leave it and also labelled as a trouble maker.

      tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-29 10:55

      kensong.ben.7 your comment sucks. Sharon is right.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-29 09:17

    Sh*t for brains !! Instead of getting rid of this dom astrant they redeploy her!! If you don't like your surrounds RESIGN !!

  • sibonelo.nyathikazi - 2012-07-29 09:29

    Never a dull moment in our goverment. African National Circus is hilarious... Clowns everywhere!

  • prince.aneke - 2012-07-29 09:48

    Awu, i dont c anything wrong abt sum1 wanting to do their job safely and freely, im sure if u r a gardener u wudnt want to go plant wer dez a snake wud u

  • prince.aneke - 2012-07-29 09:49

    Awu, i dont c anything wrong abt sum1 wanting to do their job safely and freely, im sure if u r a gardener u wudnt want to go plant wer dez a snake wud u

  • prince.aneke - 2012-07-29 09:50

    Awu, i dont c anything wrong abt sum1 wanting to do their job safely and freely, im sure if u r a gardener u wudnt want to go plant wer dez a snake wud u

      dudu.son.1 - 2012-07-31 06:20

      There is no snake here. You would say plz help me remove it not that you say Im not going there and instigate weed pickers to talk on your behalf. Spoilt brat. Is this building falling? Are there proper channels 2 communicatd than REFUSING !

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-07-29 10:26

    unsafe my the place deserted?...this old lady has to come down to mother earth,she's got blue lights criminals surrounding her even when she goes to the toilet..being difficult is 1 of her characteristics...are those people who work in that building any less important than her?...she must go cry on her father's tombstone,no disrespect...

      johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-07-30 08:42

      Another voice of reason

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-29 10:39

    But many of our Police have to work in run-down buildings, some in unsafe areas - that's how they go to work everyday. Lindiwe, is a public servant, her subordinates don't get to choose where they are placed, they have to accept the dumps they work in, dirty toilets, no proper aircon and they go home to unsafe neighbourhoods. This is SA, Lindiwe - stop being such a stuck up woman.

      Erna - 2012-07-29 17:12

      Exactly. Its an insult to civil servants who have no choice but to work in those conditions. She's just proven the arrogance of our government who obviously think they are much better than the people they govern!

  • gareth.vorster.9 - 2012-07-29 11:01

    Scorched earth policy at work here... break, consume, flatten, pillage and decimate before moving on and repeating the process elsewhere.

  • casskot - 2012-07-29 11:09

    Go to SAPS and lay a charge like the rest of us will be told to do. Stop abusing our Tax payers money.

  • wouter.basson.5 - 2012-07-29 11:43

    Blame Verwoerd, apartheid, .....

  • perter.damingo - 2012-07-29 12:34

    Why are you scared to work there and what is the wrong part of town. You have created this scenario so move in and fix it or f$&k off

  • vracaza - 2012-07-29 12:35

    First I dont like her I feel she is very arrogant.So when I saw the headline I said, "ooh not her again". As I started reading I then starting thinking as some1 who lived in Pretoria Central for 4years. So I began to apply my mind,trust me there are areas in Pretoria Central which you wouldnt want to be seen walking or driving.I wouldnt say for fear of being mugged, you just dont feel comfortable in some areas, maybe I cant explain it.Maybe its bcs its unfamiliar territory with shady characters when u r used to suburbs, not that they will mug you or anything like that bt characters you would rather stay away from.As you go down Vermeulen Street, then Proes and Bloed street, trust me many of you wouldnt be comfortable in those areas. I wouldnt even want 2 work there & I am not even close to being a Minister. I know this doesnt sound right but some places I full of "low lives", if you think I am talking nonsense, please just take sometime and go via Marabastad. Now abt the buildings, I worked at Water Affairs & Forestry as a contractor.Not bad area, but the building & the offices r messed up, thank God I left within 7months.They should consider relocating to better buildings, Dept of Minerals & Energy has moved from Visaggie str to Sunny Side new building, so has Police.I think Lindiwe Sisulu should push on moving her dept to better area & building, I see nothing wrong with that.Ask staff who work in those old building to tell you what they think, then you can judge her.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-29 13:39

      Well said, but... Here we have a minister who does not feel safe working in an ANC appointed building. Zuma said South Africa is safe - so who's lying?

      vracaza - 2012-07-30 10:06

      You know as people sometimes we need to separate our feelings from issues. Dealing with an issue indepent of youir feelings for an individual goes a long way. I dont vote for ANC. I dont like Lindiwe Sisulu as a person. However that should interfere with how I view this article. I think we should ask ourselves, if this was e.g. Minister of Tourism(DEAT) Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, whose building is in Van Der Walt(not bad area but too busy bcs of taxis and always crowded), now if it was him complainign abt the samething. Would we feel exactly the same way we feel now that its Lindiwe Sisulu?Can you guys honestly say YES I would react the same? or lets say it was Hellen Zille, would you react the same? Are we arelly dealing with the issue or the person here?

      vracaza - 2012-07-30 13:07

      "Bless.Boswell: ANC appointed building" Why are you saying that? These are buildings there have been used for many years as governement departments pre-1994. Remember when these were assiogned as Gov buildings, many black people where restricted in those areas, this where white Afrikanner territory. Even if you look at the flats in pretoria, white people used to live there, but now its black people who live then and foreigners. So Pretoria has more black people and foreigners, the white governement never thought that would happen.NO black person would go even to Union Building willy nelly b4, but now we can walk at the ground at the Union Building.I still mantain that this new government should have had their new buildings instead of using buildings which verwoed , Botha and many apartheid pioneers sat on.If I were the president I wont want to seat in the same space where Verwoed sat. Bt thats just me.

  • casskot - 2012-07-29 13:00

    Bottom line is Lindiwe wants posh and plush offices get in touch with Roux Shabangu maybe he can help.

  • kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-07-29 13:04

    I really wonder what is wrong with this lady, is she arrogant or can she at least do her job before whole public sector strikes. I mean if she cud make the soldiers go on strike, I sometimes wish she cud fight for this like her father did but wat I get is arrogance

  • hein.helmand - 2012-07-29 13:17

    Lindiwe can't move in there,its down grading her.