Wasteful spending - 'Sack ministers'

2011-04-11 23:01

Cape Town - The African Christian Democratic Party on Monday urged President Jacob Zuma to investigate wasteful spending by Cabinet ministers and sack them.

"The ACDP finds the reported spending spree by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka totally unacceptable, deplorable and immoral," ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said in a statement.

"It is shocking that a minister responsible for local government would abuse taxpayers' money to lead a lifestyle befitting a multimillionaire when some communities are violently protesting against poor service delivery," he said.

Shiceka should be instructed to pay back to the state coffers all the money he had "abused", particularly the reported R335 000 he allegedly spent "flying first class with his personal assistant and staying in a five star hotel to visit his girlfriend in prison in Switzerland, and another R32 000 to hire a chauffeur-driven limo for the prison visit".

The more than R160 000 he allegedly spent in eight months flying 10 family members, including his estranged wife and current girlfriend around the country at taxpayers' expense, should also be paid back, he said.

The R55 793 for a one night stay at the One and Only hotel, reportedly with his sangoma he called his "father-figure", was outrageous and should also be paid back.

"The ACDP calls on President Jacob Zuma, who promised to deal with corruption in government, to investigate the wasteful expenditure by his Cabinet ministers and to demand reimbursement from all ministers who are wasteful and are spending exorbitant amounts in hotels.

"The ACDP will never accept such wastage when so many of our people do not have access to basic services such as proper sanitation and cannot afford decent meals.

"Minister Shiceka and his wasteful colleagues must pay back what they have wasted and then be fired from office," Meshoe said.

  • beicime - 2011-04-11 23:35

    Ministers have the right to a standard of living that gives them peace of mind to dedicate their time to the nation needs. That does not mean a lavish life at the expense of people mainly when delivery of services remains without any credible strategic solution other than hogwash words.

      tonykzn - 2011-04-12 02:55

      If, as this report suggests, Mr Zuma were to sack those cabinet ministers who waste taxpayers' money, he might end up with a very small cabinet.

      kungfupanda - 2011-04-12 09:28

      He might have to end up sacking himself...We going to spend R70bn rand on weapons, all because of Zuma and Shaik.

      Stox - 2011-04-12 09:38

      Erm... an elected official responsible for making informed decisions is using a sangoma? And he's a father figure? Only in Africa... Totally agree with you M (a few comments down). Why do people get justice in the private sector but these government officials can do what they want with no consequences?

      Bratt - 2011-04-12 10:23

      Stealing is a crime. This is stealing from the country. Charge all of them an send them to jail. And they pay for their own defence.

      Thangy - 2011-04-12 10:58

      Zuma its time to nut up or shut up!!

      mr mr - 2011-04-12 11:07

      Ayesab’ black amagwala (Black Cowards are scared) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun) Dubul’ mnyama isilima (Shoot the black idiot) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them with a gun) Mama, ndiyeke ndidubul’ mnyama isilima (Ma, let me shoot the Black idiot) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun) Ziyareypa mnyama lezinja (These black dogs rape) Dubula! dubula! dubula nge s’bhamu (Shoot, shoot, shoot them wit a gun)

  • Snoek - 2011-04-12 00:09

    Then Zuma have to fire himself first.

      Wernerkwane - 2011-04-12 06:38

      I wonder who will run the country if we have to lock up the whole cabinet. he he he. Actually, thinking about it, would we even notice that they are not there?

      PAR - 2011-04-12 10:44

      Mrs. Zille can take over the running of the country as the DA actually manage to turn around the areas that ANC have debt ridden and make them profitable.

  • Utopian - 2011-04-12 00:43

    Why's it necessary 2 say this? Why so many cases like this?

      paulf - 2011-04-12 05:49

      The Whole ANC cabinet is Corrupt and All Were Selected By Zuma. They All Need to pack Their bags and get a Reputable Government in Place!!!

      ArtGee - 2011-04-12 06:25

      Just think, in 2 yrs trime the Gravy Train will be pulling into it's FINAL STOP..... the day the country Heralds in a NEW BEGINNING....!!!! It will be a TURE RAINBOW NATION, not a Selective RACIST ORGANISATION, but a SA fit for ALL that live innit! Roll on 2014............. Roll ON!!! Thats the day Mrs Zille takes over the Union Buildings and the ANC is just another SPENT CONDOM!!!!!!!!!!

  • U1 - 2011-04-12 02:21

    This shows that there is a total lack of morals and ethics in the anc.

  • Zupta - 2011-04-12 05:51

    Hey dude r u for real. U r asking Zuma who is the biggest thief and spender of the lot !!!

  • whiteass - 2011-04-12 06:13

    Unfortunately dishonesty is a culture within the ANC, and Zuma is no different, asking him to do something about it is like asking an Ostrich to fly. What really amazes me is that the majority of South African supports this by voting ANC

  • Reality - 2011-04-12 06:52

    Shit rolls downhill. So what do you expect???

  • AJ - 2011-04-12 07:02

    Is theft/fraud no longer deserving of a custodial sentence in this country?

  • Slapper - 2011-04-12 07:11

    The entire Government would have to be sacked, including local government. We are living in the wild west.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-04-12 07:20

    Zuma is totally incapable of dealing with corruption in government and effectively addressing the blatant wasteful expenditure by his ANC Cabinet ministers as he is seen as being equally responsible for similar activities.

  • Tshwarelo - 2011-04-12 07:49

    This a simple as ANC is the ruling Party let them not be on the Reginal election and let the small partys take care of the provences, all curuption will end as the ANC will be looking at them.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-04-12 07:58

    WHO is this girlfriend and WHY is she in prison? (has to be tied in with the issue of siceko being assaulted and hospitalized a short time back) BUT IS SHE A DRUG MULE FOR RACIST ANC LEADERS like so many others?

      Frangipani - 2011-04-12 12:10

      I am also very curious, who is this girl? why is she in prison? is it for a deal gone wrong that involved this Siceko guy? You say he was assaulted...OMG!!! the mystery deepens here

  • Sisie - 2011-04-12 08:10

    That's really hilarious - Zuma to oust cabinet for corruption/stealing - oh heavens it's always nice to start the day with a big laugh.

  • zulufox - 2011-04-12 08:16

    The pig must go...

  • fknduif - 2011-04-12 08:37

    How about we build a prison on an island and lock up all the corrupt ministers...aah damn, that didn't work last time..

  • M - 2011-04-12 09:06

    In the private sector if you steal from your company you a)get fired b)get sued c) either get sent to prison or have to pay the money back or both. Why is there one set of rules for the private sector and a completely different set of rules for the government

  • Colin - 2011-04-12 09:07

    These thieves must pay back double with interest, then this money must be used to deliver the nonexistent services that were promised years ago plus build housing for the poor.

  • 123online123 - 2011-04-12 09:19

    Siener van Rensburg predicted a white president after a short term of black presidents... bring it on! Let it be Helen Zille!

  • chiepner - 2011-04-12 09:55

    Yet another example of sleeping with the devil to get into power.

  • FrankLee - 2011-04-12 09:58

    Mr ZUma himself has a [dismissed] corruption charge hanging over his head - how on earth can he distinguish between honest and corrupt things if he himself is in a mess? Perhaps we should ALSO complain and protest against abusive bank charges, abusive electricity, water, sewerage and refuse removal costs. We should also be complaining about paying billions for police services when we end up having to provide our own. I've now twice seen a police van being driven by someone who obviously cannot drive - going over kerbs, having difficulty deciding which way to turn, etc. etc. Furthermore we should really be screaming at the financial heaven that medical aid companies find themselves in - making money hand over fist. Nevermind the governmental dictate of a 25% reserve - that came from the instigation of the medical aid companies themselves. Hospital plans were actually banned but they've found neat ways around it and now they're the ONLY things we can really afford - after a whopping big increase in the premiums compared to before the governmental interference. We should be protesting against the massive rip-offs in the motor car industry - all brought about by the protection afforded the motor manufacturers who are exploiting the situation instead of providing employment to the people. I'm sure there plenty else to moan about. OK, I thought I'd rant a bit to let off some steam.

      Frangipani - 2011-04-12 12:11

      Good for ya mate...

  • brian - 2011-04-12 11:13

    Another blight on the ANC leadership. The cost of one nights stay = 2 RDP houses, trip to visit his drug mule =14 RDP houses, personal travel for his hoardes of family and friends = 6 RDP houses. That unfortunately is only thetip of the iceberg. Jacob Zumas ANC will be remembered as the most corrupt, amoral and greedy government of all time. The masses of homeless south africans living in shacks should convert the current parlimentary excesses into real homes and see just how big the theft and missapropreation is. Any citizen who so blatantly carries out such henious practices deserves to be jailed and made to work back his/her debt. It should be an embarisment to any ANC supporter that these are the best your party has to offer , they are a blight on Mandelas legacy. Zizo, poliodonkey and others , where is your condemnation now. Oh I forgot , they are trying to get a ticket for the train!

  • Claude - 2011-04-12 13:59

    Sack them??????????I say prosecute, convict and imprison the buggers, this will send out a strong message to the next fat pig that wants to think about corruption.If that happens, we will become the exporter of pork in the world..........our current government.

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  • umlaut - 2011-04-18 10:11

    First get the money BACK then SACK the ministers and not to apply the anc policy of promoting the offending minister to another post to do the same crimes there. Sacking means sacking and not to be able to be employed in any government post ever again.

  • umlaut - 2011-04-18 10:29

    @ brian--- on the topic of the corruption and reading it in terms of rdp housing and a bit of the point----maybe if some of the homeless can occupy parliament to make a statement... They can squat there and claim they can't be thrown out based on the squatter laws. They can sleep on the benches etc. I have a feeling they will be forcibly and illegally removed and the law that gives squatters the right over legal ownership of land will not apply here.

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