“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it." -- 19th Century French Liberal theorist Frederic Bastiat.
The Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, has been making headlines across the nation. A brave woman, she has declared herself determined to fight for right and hold those in power accountable to the law and to the public. Read her most recent report -- both the short and the long versions are just a click away (see below) -- and you will discover that she had already in August last year warned the Ministers and senior officials of the Department of Public Works and the SA Police Service not to proceed with two, then still ending, property lease deals worth hundreds of millions, because, she told them, she had reason to believe the leases did not comply with the law (and, in effect, amounted to a massive fraud on the public purse). They ignored her, and signed up for the deals. Which prompts the question: do they care what the Public Protector finds out, or has to say?
We have done a follow-up investigation, in the course of which we've unearthed evidence which will leave you in no doubt at all: they don't care a damn! We will be reporting in detail on our latest shocking discovery in the August issue of noseweek, out later next week. You don't dare miss it!
For Public Protector's full report (132 pages) on SAPS property leases: Click here
For the 11-page Executive Summary: Click here
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