Joburg official axed over kickbacks

2012-09-25 07:57

Johannesburg - Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi fired a official for accepting a car and payments from companies doing business with the department, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Star reported that Thabo Thomas Moagi became the first department of public works official to be dismissed since Nxesi made public his plans to root out corruption in his office.

Moagi was dismissed after being found guilty, in a disciplinary hearing, of accepting payments of R260 000 and a vehicle worth R254 000 from companies of a business man who was awarded 11 lease tenders three years ago.

Moagi was originally charged with his colleague Desmond Simamane for having private dealings with the businessman, but Simamane resigned when the disciplinary hearing started.

Moagi was employed as senior administration officer and project manager in the Johannesburg regional office. He was earning less than R10 000 a month.

Moagi, who started working for the department on March 1, 2004, occasionally served on the bid evaluation committee that participated in the process of adjudicating and awarding lease tenders. He pleaded not guilty to four counts of misconduct.

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  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2012-09-25 08:04

    wow only 1? i guess the rest are all above board if not then highly compentent-ja right-morons.

      mattewis.kat - 2012-09-25 08:17

      You can say that again! Time to do some serious investigation at "Tshwane" too! This month they've hike the municipal bills by at least 30% by doing estimates of electricity usage way higher than the average (rather than read the meters), because they are obviously technically bankrupt! This is beyond the 11% simultaneous increase in electricity tariffs!

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-25 09:53

      Why was this official not named and arrested, along with the owner of this company, their assets should also be seized by the assets forfeiture unit? If they going to root put corruption, then get on with the job and do it correctly. - 2012-09-25 14:50

      Why is he not in JAIL????? thats the ONLY thing that will work!! Who cares if they fired?? .... AA assures him a new job!!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-25 08:07

    Good news to hear some positive action on the part of the ANCorruption, but lets hope the guy is FIRED, and not on some extended 'full pay holiday' like so many of his colleagues.

  • - 2012-09-25 08:11

    now what happens (in terms of punishment) to these companies paying the bribes? Let's hear about that too.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-25 08:12

    Have they pressed charges against both parties and will they be prosecuted ? Obviously, tenders were inflated to allow for the back handers. It's tax payers money therefor prosecution is essential and to jail they go.

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-09-25 08:13

    What you got to like is that they only get fired. No matter how bad the corruption.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-25 08:16

    Was it realy necessary to tell us he earned less than R10k?A crime is a crime no matter how much one earns.News24 earning less than R10k did not make that guy to become corrupt,stop making unnecessary conclusions.

      norman.depluhm - 2012-09-25 09:40

      Who knows Bra, the miners were willing to kill to get more money, and they now earn more than a public works project manager and administrative office worker in charge (apparently) of enough to be able to score himself kickbacks...

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-25 10:29

      This thing called greed has taken over.

      petronella.dutoit.1 - 2012-09-25 13:39

      I disagree here. Employed in a high level position which these days is usually based on liberation policies and not competency, combine that with a salary below breadwinner level. This sound to me like an invitation for corruption. Frankly it seems as if the word "liberation" is always used to implement the exact opposite.

  • thabo.langa.77 - 2012-09-25 08:17

    A Senior Administrator, come Project Manager and occasional Committee Member earning less than 10k.... I know its no excuse for corruption, but a salary like that does make him a target of corruption?

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 08:23

      So by your statement let's take teachers who might earn below that too, they then should give students higher marks for kickbacks, corruption is corruption, doesn't matter what you earn, its still a crime and no excuse!

      norman.depluhm - 2012-09-25 09:41

      @James. Apparently the solution these days, if you do not earn enough, is to assume the right to perform illegal acts (or even violence and murder if we look at the miners) to attain more.

      joe.jooste.3 - 2012-09-25 12:16

      Integrity bro..integrity

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-09-25 08:22

    Get rid of these damn tenders please. Although I really don't see that happening.. it's the gravy that fuels the gravy train..

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-09-25 08:33

    No mention that he was made to pay the money aback and give the car back, no mention that he was prosecuted ...if not, why not?

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 08:37

    Will a charge of corruption be laid against him and will he go to jail ? or is this the way to protect him so he keeps the car and the money.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-25 20:14

      Watch him appear somewhere else in a higher position in the not too distant future???

  • Bokrichard - 2012-09-25 08:37

    JEALOUSY MAKES YOU NAAAASTY! Shame Boss. Poor official.

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-09-25 08:51

    If my memory serves me well, we went to the same school with Thabo, used to be the HEAD BOY!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-25 08:52

    Now the rest no buddy systems

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-25 08:56

    The only way to get the message across is to pursue criminal charges against transgressors and insist on jail time. I also suggest a 'list' of those guilty of effectively stealing from the public be kept on, lets, say a FaceBook page. The 'people' must ensure that these criminals are never ever allowed to work in public service again and they should face sanctions from every living person in this if he opens a butchery, don't buy from him. Want of our biggest challenges is that these mutants believe they are allowed many 'second chances' !. Until people understand that 'second chances' are merely an excuse for criminals to get away without punishment, the sooner people will start respecting the rule of law and what society deems is acceptable behaviour. To protect the innocent, justice must elevate' bearing false witness' to higher on the schedules of offences.

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-25 20:16

      The voice of person with a moral standard-- Congrats My winner of the week.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-25 08:58

    The usual story of small time and lone operators being prosecuted to give the appearance of action while the main culprits and syndicates continue operating under government protection.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-25 09:06

    Good move minister,Ihope next time you will also fire yourself due to the same corruption.

  • nkadimeng - 2012-09-25 09:07

    Fired? This guys must be send to jail, encluding that one that got away, just because he resigned prior disciplinary process, he should be vindicated

  • halvor.rosholt - 2012-09-25 09:09

    Why not name and shame the briber? Too connected? Or also paying bigger fish who can't be touched?

  • comurray - 2012-09-25 09:12

    No the ANC are busy buying votes once more, when it comes to routing out corruption they are just scraping the tip of the iceberg. The big boys will continue giving kick backs to higher cadres.

  • trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-09-25 09:30

    Fired with full pay as usual

  • Josh Mpho Dimpe - 2012-09-25 09:39

    Nothing should justify corruption. we only have a few genuine Leaders and the rest just have their own agenda's to push.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-09-25 10:03

    Why no criminal charges? Without this sanction firing him is just a slap on the wrist and not a deterrent to others. If the numbers in the article are true, the guy made over 4 years TAX FREE salary from his bribes.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-09-25 10:31

    To those individuals trying to justify the guys actions by complaining about his salary, did he not discuss this when he took the job. If he agreed to work for that salary, I don't get how that could be an excuse for his low life actions of corruption.

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-25 10:38

    and charge him in a court of law with corruption!!

  • riotousr - 2012-09-25 12:23

    Will that real Thabo Moagi please stand up.

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-09-25 20:09

    But Desmond Simamane will apparently get away scot free because he resigned. What a cop out!!

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