Protector: Maladministration the spoiler

2012-08-27 12:10

Johannesburg - Maladministration is a key factor undermining the delivery of a better life for South Africans, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

"We believe, if it was not for maladministration, we would have achieved a lot more in improving the quality of life for the people of South Africa," she said.

"And in so doing, reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment... Maladministration, including corruption, is a key factor undermining the delivery of a better life to the people of South Africa."

Madonsela was speaking at the Johannesburg city hall as part of a national dialogue on service delivery.

Her office is busy with two systemic investigations after receiving numerous complaints about RDP houses and the illegal conversion of panel vans to minibus taxis.

The main one focuses on maladministration in RDP housing, and the second on regulatory failures in the conversion of panel vans to taxis, she said.

Madonsela said her office welcomes other service delivery complaints during the public dialogue.

Of the over 2 290 complaints received by her office in the 2011/12 financial year, 442 were about RDP houses, Madonsela said.

Complaints from Gauteng included people waiting for houses since 1996, houses corruptly sold or allocated to non-verified people, and houses given to people who applied after others.

"Some have alleged that corruption has also robbed them of adequate housing, in that a flawed procurement process resulted in the construction of defective RDP houses," she said.

"Some of these houses now have to be demolished and some are being rectified. We have been told that the rectification of RDP houses has become a lucrative business."

She said the illegal conversion of panel vans into taxis is a problem in Gauteng, but not as big as that of RDP housing.

Her office is working on mending the dialogue between citizens and organs of state.

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  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-27 12:41

    Exactly, So much more could have been done. Now just look at the Mpisane's they built rubbish RDP houses, were taken to court for fraud and corruption and just look at them........back in business doing the very same thing. Is this not a bad message that is being sent out. Its ok to crook SARS, build houses that is not even safe for pigs to stay in and still get even more tenders. Come on, this is not justice, they should not be allowed to continue and be dropped off the tender list permanently. Who are these Mpisane's anyway, we have a sick justice system they get told who to prosecute and who not too.

  • mknnko003 - 2012-08-27 13:08

    Pointing out the obvious sometimes does not help, eradicate everyone who`s not executing their duties.

  • thomas.g.loeser - 2012-08-27 13:53

    ...out of chaos comes huge opportunity for a select few.....

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-27 13:59

    Why complain? They voted for them, peoples knows that ANC is corrupt but still vote for them, so who cares. is their problem deal with it until you open your eyes.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-27 14:16

    Isn't this just so politically correct? Is it not the ANC government that is guilty of maladministration? Are we not allowed to say it as it is? How can you make a statement and blame 'maladministration' without saying who is guilty?

      dustin.mccrindle.5 - 2012-08-29 10:52

      No we r not allowed to say this...its \innocent until proven guilty\ then \a hero when proven guilty\ and \fallen iLl when sentenced to jail\. THAT is how the justice system is implemented for poloticians in SA.

  • paul.crabshaw - 2012-08-27 14:25

    It is a part of the same moral decline that bedevils everything we do. Our leaders are our examples. When they are morally corrupt, so will the nation be, if they are divisive, so is the nation. The lost opportunities, the destruction of our dreams..... It makes everyone angry.

  • comurray - 2012-08-27 15:10

    Unfortunately the voters are so easily brain washed into thinking the ANC will know exactly who voted for the opposition that is why they keep voting for them. Just like the bullet proof muti at Marikana.

  • Chwayita Phumey Lamartian - 2014-03-25 15:48

    clearly our current leaders are failing to do what's right for the people of south africa, and although we are no longer oblivious of this, we still have people that are continiously voting for leaders who manage our country in pure imnoralistic and unethical manner. so we cannot leave the blame on our leaders, its also our people that vote for them. At this point the loyalties of our leaders is questionable, and yet we get south africans who assertively state that they will forever be loyal to the ANC, and yet the ANC is not reciprocating that loyalty by serving the nation.

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