Zuma still busy with protector's report

2011-09-13 11:39

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will not be 'haphazard' in responding to the public protector's reports on lease deals for two new office buildings for the police, the presidency said on Monday.

"The president takes the report very seriously, which is why he has decided not to take hasty or haphazard decisions," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"Due process is being followed and people have been given an opportunity to respond as required in terms of the law."

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who released her second report on the leases in July, had given Zuma until Monday to respond.

Madonsela's first report, released in February, was on her investigation into the Sanlam-Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500m.

The second report examined the R1.1bn agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.

Madonsela found that the department of public works had deviated from the tender process, that the lease agreements were not at the market rate, and that businessman Roux Shabangu had allegedly pressured officials to finalise the deals.

She called on Zuma to take action against Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, police commissioner General Bheki Cele and senior officials involved in the deals.

Maharaj said it was difficult to say what Zuma was doing because it could prejudice those affected by the report.

Zuma would make his decision known in due course, he said.

  • saabnut - 2011-09-13 11:53

    He will not be haphazard... We know- instead he will blatantly and clearly IGNORE any of her recommendations for him to take action, the disgusting gravy train driver! just like he is backtracking now and cuddling up to that Malema creature again...

      Dougalan - 2011-09-13 12:39

      Correct, Zuma is deperately trying to wiggle his way out of this issue. The Public Protector is very clear in her findings - what's to 'consider'??? DELAY, DENY OR JUST IGNORE - these are the standard refuges of this useless and corrupt ANC government. South Africa deserves SO much better.

      Wayne Poisson - 2011-09-13 17:15

      Meanwhile back at the Presidential office, they're all sitting together scratching their heads and saying "Aich".

      almosthuman - 2011-09-14 00:44

      hell,this is sad,this is just so damn sad !!!the one public representative that seems to be transcending race and is doing her job under extreme predjudice ,is being blatently fobbed-off by cheap politics and calculated political manouvering,good rotten are you political prostitutes really ?

  • daaivark - 2011-09-13 11:59

    "respond as required in terms of law"... Come on Mac, who are you trying to hoodwink. One notes that you have carefully avoided the issue of the deadline as stated by the protector in her perfectly legal capacity, and that this deadline expired last night. So pull the other one please! You are a real disappointment. A once respected struggle vet who has become an empty vessel resounding only with the barks of your controller. Shame on you. "The president takes the report very seriously, which is why he has decided not to take hasty or haphazard decisions,"... in other words, the issue of the Chief Justice was not taken all that seriously, as his choice was not only hasty, but somewhat haphazard as well.

      Protest - 2011-09-13 12:55

      I suggest a vote of no confidence. Maybe Zuma will take that seriously, or at least more seriously than the public protector's reports on lease deals for two new office buildings for the police .

      daaivark - 2011-09-13 14:14

      No confidence in whom? Surely not Madonsela. And where does the general public ever get to voice a no-confidence vote in the head of state, except at the next election?

  • Ronaldo - 2011-09-13 12:15

    Nobody knows what is meant by "due" course. It has become a political tool of befuddling citizens.

      Vullis - 2011-09-13 12:48

      lol, same like..."comrade" and "we will investigate" and "revolutionary" shame, poor Maccie, being given the dirty work

  • Really - 2011-09-13 12:19

    When the spin doctor say: " it was difficult to say what Zuma was doing"! Eish, ja.

      saabnut - 2011-09-13 12:35

      Probably trying to see if he can score another wife somewhere in the deal...

  • sushi - 2011-09-13 12:28

    i wonder what is it that we did to deserve showerhead as persident os the country!

      saabnut - 2011-09-13 12:34

      The exact question on all self- respecting South Africans' lips- eish...

      Vullis - 2011-09-13 13:04

      The question is, what did he do to deserve a beautiful nation and people like this? Lie, Cheat, and Steal - Viva La Zuma (*SPIT*) This f'n scumbag

  • Skietlood - 2011-09-13 12:31

    he reads slowly, don't you understand? Would you be able to do better if you had several wives to keep happy? Eish!

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  • euro-african - 2011-09-13 12:51

    Somehow he manages to find the time to be interviewed regarding Malema, yet pressing state matters will be taken care of in due course. Give it up already. Malema is not going to back you for a second term. The best you can do is try to do as much good as you can with the time left in your presidency. SA can't wait for the succession battle in 2012 to be over before you take your thumb out your @rse and do something for a change. The anc is a racist party filled with corrupt leaders, so I definately did not vote for you, but you are still the President of South Africa, so please start acting like one.

  • mokgosi - 2011-09-13 13:28

    I give up, honestly

      sushi - 2011-09-13 14:03

      i did that long time ago

  • Fed-Up - 2011-09-13 14:08

    Nothing stopped JZ to make a haphazard decision on the chief justice! What a bunch of buffoons!

  • Bewildered - 2011-09-13 16:55

    Not making a decision is also a decision...

  • scipio - 2011-09-14 00:03

    this president is a joke. he is the dirtiest president south africa has ever had. fingers in too many pies. this crook wont be missed when hes told to bugger off.

  • vercotti - 2011-09-20 12:43

    Ringtone: Mshini-wami, Mshini-wam...!

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