Suspect tenders of R3bn at public works

2011-09-19 15:24

Johannesburg - An investigation by the department of public works (DPW), in partnership with the special investigation unit, has revealed a number of serious irregularities in the award of certain tenders granted by the department, the minister of public works, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, disclosed on Monday.

Criminal charges were likely to be brought against several department officials and others outside the department, she said.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde said in a statement that since she took office ten months ago, she had been investigating a number of tenders awarded by the department.

"After I was appointed I discovered that the ANC, the government, and the people of South Africa had been let down by dishonest officials in the DPW; I was inadvertently handed a poisoned chalice," she said.

"I inherited a situation where serious irregularities had occurred. It was extraordinarily difficult to get to the truth of what had been taking place because some officials did everything they could to obstruct my investigations.

"Frankly, I have been lied to and deceived by people who instead of serving the people of South Africa were intent on lining their own pockets.

"We know of more than 40 cases where tenders were awarded improperly, where proper procedures were not followed and dishonesty took place. We have confirmed to date that tenders with a value of more than R3bn have been affected.

"Because we are still investigating we cannot be sure that we have yet discovered all of the wrong doing. We will involve law enforcement agencies within the public service and the criminal justice cluster in the hope that the wrong-doers will be brought to justice."

The minister said that the situation had overshadowed the good work the department did.

"It is sad that the public focus will now be on criminal activities instead of what has been achieved thanks to the hard work of many of our officials."

She added that she was in the process of strengthening her team to ensure the people of South Africa are better served.

"Under the circumstances it would be unrealistic to expect that the department will be given a clean bill of health by the auditor general. We know of irregular expenditure, what appears to be false book keeping and have discovered evidence of corruption by DPW officials.

"I cannot undo what was done in the past but I can assure South Africa that its government will not tolerate corruption and dishonesty. It will take me many months to unravel all that has happened but it will be done."

The minister said an urgent priority was to ensure that the process when leasing properties was tightened up and consistently applied.

"I cannot wave a magic wand and cure the ills of corruption overnight.

"What has to be done is for the department to become more vigilant in ensuring that proper tender procedures are followed. I would also like to see the justice system send a message to corrupt officials by handing down stiff penalties for those found guilty of white collar crime."

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-19 15:27

    But alas, the Secrecy bill will be good for this country? Here is great proof that in fact, it won'y be!

      Nepster10 - 2011-09-19 15:41

      I like Politicians.They tell you what you want to hear, make a news headline and thats it. Acting will not happen untill term of office expires and the next person comes in. The masses on the other hand if they hear the word change, change several times they are happy and life goes on.

      Makutu - 2011-09-19 15:47

      Yup... With the information bill, these news would be considered crimonal. The reporter would be in the holding cells right now. Thank goodness our shaky democracy is working a bit. We could do better though.

      MojoBa - 2011-09-19 15:52

      I think people must start to grasp the fact that the ANC doesn't care that they are not fooling us, the minority. It is the uneducated majority that they are aiming these lies at and THEY believe it.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-19 16:02

      If the Dept are AWARE of TENDER FRAUD.... then WHY NOT ARREST THE FUGGERS??????? What is so DIFFICULT in doing just that????? Follow the money trail... will end up in some idiots bank account!

      beicime - 2011-09-19 17:23

      And it won't stop becuse there is no shame in this country and the amount of wrong doing is such that investigations will not catch up. African don't develop entreprises to enrich, rather use influence and commissions even if illegal.

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-19 15:28

    i take my hat off to this woman. she is taking gravy away from the train.

      EqualStand.Org - 2011-09-19 15:46

      agreed, but I seem to remember seeing that Juju's company is managing tenders of over R4bil... so if those were included then they may not have investigated more than one company? ;-) On the other hand, if his company has not been included here then it would seem that 3bil is a drop in the ocean! Scary thought. Of course, then add the arms deal...

      GTA_Lad - 2011-09-19 15:47

      You aren't the sharpest are you? What about her fraud that's being investigated? Wake up son

      York Hunt - 2011-09-19 16:01

      Does this R3 billion include the R1 billion she, Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde herself is involved with, together with Bheki Cele and Roux Shabangu? I doubt it. Anyway, the R3 billion is just the tip of the iceberg.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-19 17:26

      Seeing is believing, she now has to put her money where her mouth is. When the guilty parties r behind bars, and the respective officials have all been booted out with NO golden handshake, only then will I believe it. Sorry 2 b negative but with the govt's track record one can't help but be sceptical. If she does get it right then I say full credit to her. Remember, talk is cheap, money buys the whisky.

      Rationalist - 2011-09-20 09:24

      @GTA_LAD - agree with you. "She added that she was in the process of strengthening her team to ensure the people of South Africa are better served" The best would be if she would answer all charges of fraud against her 1st.

  • willieman - 2011-09-19 15:28

    Please respond to the findings of public protector ,then we will buy your story.

      dee-k - 2011-09-19 16:10


  • onthefence - 2011-09-19 15:29

    Let the ducking and diving begin

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 05:55

      By next week, this Dept will look like a bunch of Penguins in hot water.... ducking and diving...

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-19 15:30

    Good on you Mrs Mahlangu-Nkabinde. However these allegations of corruption come as no surprise. As an average citizen of SA you have my support. But please make sure the guilty parties are jailed and made to pay back what they now owe us.

      Dominic - 2011-09-19 16:54

      She is one of the guilty parties.

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-19 15:31

    We had better start building more prisons - quickly!

      sniperman - 2011-09-19 15:36

      There's already a lovely one waiting called Robbing Island. At the moment it's being wasted as a tourist attraction.

      Mike - 2011-09-19 15:57

      LOL! Wouldn't it be ironic if ex-Robben Islanders found their way back there - for different reasons Bwahahahahahahah :-)

      Big-D - 2011-09-19 17:41

      With bigger room space to house fat corrupt politicians!!!!!

  • Jedi Master - 2011-09-19 15:33

    No? Really? Well, I never would have thought that....

  • WhySoAngry? - 2011-09-19 15:34

    You doing your job too well, the cadres will make sure you are re-deployed!

  • bonkypants - 2011-09-19 15:35

    Wherever you find them, you'll find corruption, criminality, lies, deception and fraudulence.

  • Serias - 2011-09-19 15:35

    well she'll be dead soon

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-19 15:37

    What crap. Werent they supposed to be investigating Malema for his tender fraud? What came of that? Nothing. What will come of this? Nothing.

  • Ivor Notion - 2011-09-19 15:37

    The ANC like to remind their voters that they fought for the end of apartheid, for their freedom, for democracy, for human rights, for for for.........but it is HAS become, all the more apparent that they fought for access to wealth.....they fought to get their hands on the country's coffers.

      Rural-boy - 2011-09-19 16:37

      IT IS NOT THE ANC. It is individuals with in the anc. there is BIG difference. And the only quickest way to stop this is to join the anc and participate in the discussions, elect member who will serve sa honestly not to gain wealth and report corruption. Because trying to win election through the current oppositions will be fruitless exercise and a complete waste of time and energy.

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-09-19 18:15

      Rural - sadly, you are incorrect. The people in positions of influence were put there as part of the cadre deployment policy. If you are a dedicated ANC man then you know this. "Through the eye of the needle" - required reading I would have thought???

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 05:58

      Rural Boy... what you suggesting is like FARTING AGAINST THUNDER!!!! What you and MILLIONS of other ANC Sheople are being fed.... is a load of BULLSH!T, and the scary part is and YOU KNOW IT!! Enjoy your day!

  • Flasheart - 2011-09-19 15:37

    Irregular? Sounds pretty "regular" to me. Ah Bisto!

  • Voyager - 2011-09-19 15:37

    Isn't this the same woman who needs to answer a charge levelled by the Public Protector and wouldn't co-operate? And the one that Zuma is dragging his heels on about firing? Sorry - think this is all being revealed now to try to deflect attention - too late Sweetie - we want you out as well - you're just as corrupt as the next one. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!

      Peter - 2011-09-19 16:30

      100%.The skelm BITCH is try to avoid the spotlight.

  • John - 2011-09-19 15:38

    Communist China is greatly revered by the ANC. Can we get them to implement the same sentencing in the courts for the guilty as the Chinese do? That is shoot the thieving *****

      Dave - 2011-09-19 15:42

      they take it further. In the past 12 months the Chinese have executed 2 politicians found guilty of corruption

      Alan - 2011-09-19 15:58

      Fact is John, China is after our resources and have a hold over the ANC because they back the ANC through the back door. Anybody who is aware of what is going on behind the scenes with China, is aware that they are just waiting for the ANC to complete the self-destruction of SA, before they install their own puppet govt. and take over SA. Now more than ever, it is essential for all South Africans, white and black to stand up against corruption. We unfortunately have a problem in SA, which is a general low level of education (this is not a judgement on our people, it is just an unfortunate fact), which causes many people to believe the hot-air promises made by the so-called leaders. However - there IS hope!Each one of us can make a difference by "being the change that we want to see in SA". In the end - justice will prevail and the corrupt will perish.

      allie - 2011-09-19 16:28

      What worries me more is teh fact that SARS is nowhere in the picture.Don`t they question the incomes of these crooks?.Or do they turn a blind eye and collect the vat?.The same happened with the CUBUS scandal.SARS let the thing run,collected vat and only reacted when the shat hit the fan.Or are they they also on the gravytrain.?

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-09-19 15:39

    Die poppe sal dans

  • noremac - 2011-09-19 15:41

    are we surprised..........i think not.SA is really becoming another banana republic

      brownbomber - 2011-09-19 15:50

      Are we not one already?

      Big-D - 2011-09-19 17:48


      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 06:00

      SA was handed the Banana Republic Crown when they passed the 10 year mark... Unfortunately there was no money left in the coffers for a CELEBRATORY AFFAIR!

  • Slapper - 2011-09-19 15:43

    I would imagine that a probe of anything that is controlled by the ANC, would turn up much the same.

  • n s - 2011-09-19 15:43

    she just confirmed what the public has been saying for many years about the ANC lining their own pockets, it doesn't take an investigation to know, just read the news, the news which the ANC wants to hide.

  • Ang - 2011-09-19 15:44

    Bla bla bla, more coruption, more money taken away from the poor, more ANC cadres lining their back pockets, and NOTHING will get done about it!!! I would love to see an investigation into whether anybody has been taken to task over the past 5 years for the corruption that is so prevailent in this government, i can count on my hand the amount of people that have been convicted and had their assets taken away from them!!!

      blackyswart - 2011-09-19 15:53

      Its Dark Africa live with it.

  • mickh - 2011-09-19 15:44

    And at least 60% of the electorate keep voting for these corrupt ANC politicians. The money ends up im their pockets instead of being used for service delivery. The electorate must be blind, deaf and totally stupid.

      allie - 2011-09-19 16:31

      And most of these voters are non taxpayers.

  • stephen scott - 2011-09-19 15:46

    Woow! you don't say!

  • MIM128 - 2011-09-19 15:46

    The former acting DG of DPW was dismissed for corruption in the North west Transport Dept but you hired him nonetheless. When there allegations of corruption were levelled against him, you allowed him to resign. I doubt if ANC politicians are human beings, they must be from Mars. Really, they talk fight against corruption, but Segabutla and Balfour are promoted despite serious allegation of fraud. Anyway, who am I to complain, I voted ANC in 1994...

      Big-D - 2011-09-19 17:59

      Hopefully yo learnt the error of your ways??

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-20 06:02

      I hope someone hit you with an UGLY STICK.... SO did I vote for the THIEVES, back in 1994......but the DA is the ANSWER!!!!!

  • blackyswart - 2011-09-19 15:49

    They are nothing but a bunch of Crooks!

  • Bufakazi - 2011-09-19 15:50

    Good for her for standing up to these greedy fat asses who are taking food from our mouths, I hope they don't kill her though!!

      MIM128 - 2011-09-19 15:52

      What about the Minister herself? She proceeded with SAPS lease agreements despite two SC legal opinion?

  • Mike - 2011-09-19 15:55

    Good for you Gwen! I salute you.

  • MAWEMAWE - 2011-09-19 15:55

    show me somebody who is not corrupt inside both anc & democratic against(DA)

      Ivor Notion - 2011-09-19 16:35

      Twit....there is a mountain of evidence agaiant the ANC....what have you got against the DA? Helen said she will resign if there is any evidence of corruption.......she is still there.....speaks volumes.

      Thandi van der Merwe - 2011-09-19 17:13

      No Mawemawe, that's factually plain wrong. No matter how hard the ANC tried to prove corruption within the DA, the only thing they found was one advertising tender last year that is being investigated right now for "a lack of control measures and good governance principles in awarding the tender. " Zille welcomed and supports the investigation. Just take a look at Cape Town and it is pretty evident that the money goes to the city, not some fat cats as it does everywhere else. The people of SA just have to start facing the fact that what started as a proud and noble resistance movement by the people is now a a party run by mostly thugs and criminals which has nothing to do with the original ANC as we knew it..... Those that still do try to follow the original values of the ANC or good governance at the least are quickly removed. We now have a Chief Justice who would not have been in that position in any other country, simply because he is not qualified. There is one who is qualified and perfect for the job, but not one of the croonies of Zuma... As far as Gwen is concerned: Too little, too late, by the wrong person....

  • nosiphom - 2011-09-19 15:57

    Of cause she left out the other 3 bn she is involved in herself.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-19 15:57

    Well what else do you expect from the present administration?

  • GT - 2011-09-19 15:57

    JAIL- Send the fat cats to JAIL and be done with this sense of criminal entitlement to tender cash. This entire place stinks of the corruption forced on us by cadre deployment, jobs of pals and political interference with the police and scorpions. The corruption laws also says the KNOWING about corruption and NOT reporting it is in itself an offence. Forget about nationalisation and whites, we will never move forward as a nation with the scum of the world deeply entrenched in our governments finances.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-19 15:58

    Are there any of them that arnt corupt?

  • ShanMo - 2011-09-19 16:02

    She is implicated in the Public Protectors report herself. She cant pass the buck on this one. Is this statement just damage control?

  • braveheart - 2011-09-19 16:03

    I never thought that I would consider leaving my country. But how much more can we as honest citizens take? These people are not only black on the outside - they are pitch black inside!!!!! And I am suppose NOT to be a racist.

      braveheart - 2011-09-19 17:05

      I am unfair - apologies to my fellow black brothers and sisters. I am sure many of you are just as unhappy with these crooks.

  • Motho - 2011-09-19 16:04

    Please, what about police lease agreements, you were part of the process and now you come with your cheap cleanliness that you inherited irregulaties. Please give South Africans a break with your lies!

      allie - 2011-09-19 16:34

      She`s trying to cover her fat a-se

  • Mark Singh - 2011-09-19 16:09

    "After I was appointed I discovered that the ANC, the government, and the people of South Africa had been let down by dishonest officials in the DPW" Im sure the ANC felt very let down since they would have loved to lay their hands on these tenders

  • shortfinal - 2011-09-19 16:10

    ANC = African National Corruption. Go boys, you ride that gravy train.

  • Sean - 2011-09-19 16:12

    lesson : Crime pays in SA especially when our own president is one himself. You can't preach what you don't practice

  • Al - 2011-09-19 16:13

    When will it stop!!???

  • Muenda - 2011-09-19 16:23

    Corruption should not be tolerated in any form....stop taliking and act Minister. People are tired....

  • Deeteem - 2011-09-19 16:27

    They have discovered the old smoke and mirrors trick !! Eish maar dik bly dik !!

  • AndV - 2011-09-19 16:28

    What do you expect if she is the most corrupt of them all? This is just an attempt to shift the limelight off herself so that she can look better in the face of her corruption allegations. Never ever though that we will have to endure this crap in this country. The ANC rotts everywhere you look. If there is a success stort out there, let us know pls, even if it is just one.

  • george60 - 2011-09-19 16:31

    Minister of finance it seems if we can get all these rotten scump to court, we don't have to pay any taxes for one year? And the ANC will than look much better for a few days?

  • Danny - 2011-09-19 16:37

    She is just trying to shift the focus from her own shenanigans. This woman cannot be trusted, she has proven this in her behaviour towards the public protector. I wouldn't trust this woman as far as I can throw her, and let me tell you I wouldn't be able to throw her even a millimeter!

  • DFSS - 2011-09-19 16:37

    If I remember right its the same minister that went ahead with the suspect Cele/ Roux rental contract, probably on instruction from Zuma?

  • Greegs - 2011-09-19 16:41

    No really!!! I would never have thought that, my word!

  • braamc - 2011-09-19 16:59

    The fat thieving bitch again. Nothing will happen to her. JZ will probably give her a raise and promote her.

  • rory - 2011-09-19 17:03

    I can only wish Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde even more success in her efforts to clean up the Dept of PWC. She is 100% correct these corrupt officials are stealing from us all and in my view merit the maximum prison sentences that can be given them. I have friend who with his wife has been living in Zambia for the past year. He says South African poverty has nothing on Zambian poverty and the Zambians themselves attribute the lack of meaningful development since independence to endemic corruption in their government. Corruption does not produce development.

  • adrien.mcguire - 2011-09-19 17:05

    Well, if you get this sorted out and the money is recovered, and people go to jail for lengthy terms, I will be your biggest supporter. The jail terms must be lengthy and not a slap on the wrist, no matter how politically connected the perpertrators are. You go girl!

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-19 17:08

    I like the change of attitude but would this have happened if the newspapers did not expose the fraud?

  • beicime - 2011-09-19 17:23

    And it won't stop becuse there is no shame in this country and the amount of wrong doing is such that investigations will not catch up. African don't develop entreprises to enrich, rather use influence and commissions even if illegal.