Regard must be had to the higher standard of conduct expected from public officials, and the number of falsehoods that have been put forward by the Public Protector in the course of the litigation. This conduct included the numerous “misstatements”, like misrepresenting, under oath, her reliance on evidence of economic experts in drawing up the report, failing to provide a complete record, ordered and indexed, so that the contents thereof could be determined, failing to disclose material meetings and then obfuscating the reasons for them and the reasons why they had not been previously disclosed, and generally failing to provide the court with a frank and candid account of her conduct in preparing the report. The punitive aspect of the costs order therefore stands.
CASAC Media Statement
24 October 2011
President Zuma acts on corruption
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) applauds President Zuma’s dismissal of Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde and Sicelo Shiceka from Cabinet. We believe that the President has acted appropriately in responding to the reports of the Public Protector regarding the misdemeanours by these two former Ministers.
We also welcome the immediate suspension of the National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, and the appointment of a Board of Inquiry in terms of the South African Police Service Act to investigate his role in the leasing of premises for the SA Police Service.
We note the composition of the commission of enquiry under Judge Willie Seriti to conduct the investigation into matters relating to the arms deal. We await the announcement of the terms of reference for that enquiry and trust that these will allow for a comprehensive investigation.
CASAC has consistently called for a zero tolerance approach to corruption and unethical conduct, and urges all South Africans to “Red Card Corruption”. We will continue to lobby for the strengthening of our anti-corruption arsenal by establishing a truly independent anti-corruption agency that will be adequately resourced to fight corruption on all fronts.
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