Deputy Minister Sends Flowers to Wife - Taxpayer Pays

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Media release
Statement on alleged misappropriation of public funds by Deputy Minister Gigaba

Following media reports alleging that Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba has misappropriated public funds, the Department has conducted a preliminary investigation to ascertain the facts as per records of the department in relation to payments from his budget.

The Department is now in a position to clarify the following:

1. Payment of travel

The Deputy Minister, in the performance of his official duties, has invited a number of people to official meetings and at certain points for various technical advice. Some of these have traveled at departmental expense. This is consistent with procedure and practice within government.

In the interest of transparency the Deputy Minister has however also ordered a full audit of all such expenses from his budget dating back to his appointment in 2004 so that any irregularities should be addressed.

2. Car hire for Mr Mzwandile Mawela

It should be noted that at the time when these payments were made, Mr Mawela was engaged officially as an intern in the office of the Deputy Minister. Over the past three years the Department has engaged 715 interns as part of the National Youth Service. These interns work at various points in the department, including the Ministry. There is therefore nothing irregular about this transaction at all.


3. Payment for flowers for the Deputy Minister’s wife

It is important to reiterate that Ministers and Deputy Ministers are not personally responsible for administration and utilization of finances in their offices. This is done by support staff in these offices and should be in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures. Although policy allows the Deputy Minister to send flowers to colleagues, counterparts and other people, his office should not have paid for flowers for his wife from the Department’s budget.

Deputy Minister Gigaba has been made aware of this and has instructed his office to deal with the issue, including taking appropriate corrective measures where necessary. He will also reimburse the Department for this specific expense.

The outcome of the audit and corrective measures to be taken thereafter will be made public.

Released by the Chief Directorate: Communication Services

For further information please contact:

Mr Jacky Mashapu
Acting Head of Communications
Cell: 082 885 8449
These flowers were expensive.
http://home-affairs.pwv.gov.za/media_releases.asp?id=417
 

Gunny

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I'm all for Zero Tolerance but saying that this is no different to you taking a few sheets of papper from the office to your home to use in your printer or taking that extra pen out the stationary cupboard. If one of my staff asks a secerary to send his wife flowers and she does on the company account he wont come and tell me there has been an administrative error until I query it. It could be an honest mistake and he thought she would have used his credit card to purchase it.
 
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All I want to say is they should be careful. We're watching them.
 

Freshy-ZN

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Gunny, trying to justify, defend or pass the blame is not on. Elected officials should receive less (zero) leniency. Taking a few pens is not misusing public funds aka our flippin tax money.
 

tibby.dude

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So is this the best they could come up with ... misconduct by some low level office minion ???.

HAHAHAHAHAA.
 

NoADSLyet

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So is this the best they could come up with ... misconduct by some low level office minion ???.

HAHAHAHAHAA.

Dont laugh so quick tibby, do not see everything in isolation! this is just one of many recently exposed with many still to come. It the tip of an ice berg, Maybe even the whole tip of Greenland for all we know. You still sorry you are losing out LOL.
 
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Freshy-ZN

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Tibby, arent you even slightly annoyed that this guy is buying his wife flowers with your money? Or is this ok with you?
 

tibby.dude

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Tibby, arent you even slightly annoyed that this guy is buying his wife flowers with your money? Or is this ok with you?

Can't you even read ???

It is important to reiterate that Ministers and Deputy Ministers are not personally responsible for administration and utilization of finances in their offices.

There are far more pressing matters in the civil service i.e the justice dept and judicary and the SAPS than worrying about which govt minister buys flowers for his wife/gf/mistress.

Now get bloody real ... the loony govt/ANC hatred on the forum is getting rather pathetic of late.
 

NoADSLyet

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Can't you even read ???



There are far more pressing matters in the civil service i.e the justice dept and judicary and the SAPS than worrying about which govt minister buys flowers for his wife/gf/mistress.

Now get bloody real ... the loony govt/ANC hatred on the forum is getting rather pathetic of late.

CAn you comprehend? Who gave the instructions? the secretary How many times was it done?

About the hatred..... we really do not have any reason do we? with all the fraud corruption and crime going on, ALL ANC LED BTW!
 

Alan

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Now get bloody real ... the loony govt/ANC hatred on the forum is getting rather pathetic of late.

So it wasn't so bad not long ago :cool:

Don't worry comrade peasant Tubby. The glorious revolutionary heroes still have the proletariat firmly under their thumb even though there is a bit of squealing from the counter revolutionary imperialist pigs. :)
 

NoRulez

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Why worry about R3000 flowers if we are already paying for their cars, holidays, housing, food & much everything they "own"... :sick:
It's a total f-up anyway & we'll keep paying for their luxuries until the country is once again reclaimed from this regime.
 

rwenzori

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There are far more pressing matters in the civil service i.e the justice dept and judicary and the SAPS than worrying about which govt minister buys flowers for his wife/gf/mistress.

Now get bloody real ... the loony govt/ANC hatred on the forum is getting rather pathetic of late.

So corruption is OK if it is small. Or smallish. How small? Flowers, a 4x4 Benz, a couple of million cash, a liver?

Typical ANC!
:eek::eek:
 

Syndyre

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It is called voting but then if you can't provide a credible alternative to the majority of citizens then don't come and moan about it :).

The question is if the majority was presented with a credible alternative would they vote for it?
 

bekdik

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I don't understand the problem. He was only spending Government money ...
 
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