PEOPLE generally feel sorry for those who have been unfairly accused of committing all kinds of nefarious deeds and then have difficulty proving their innocence.
The opposite is of course also true: if there’s smoke, there’s fire, despite all attempts at hiding it.
The almost cursory announcement by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that she found no evidence of political influence or favouritism in the awarding of tenders to SGL Engineering, a company with strong Malema-ties, but strikingly few engineering skills, is simply not good enough.
The report stated that the work was “generally of an acceptable quality and standard” (even though a number of roads and bridges have already washed away) and that, because of poor record-keeping by several municipalities in six cases, it cannot be determined whether the necessary tender procedures had been followed. Case closed.
Perhaps the time has come for the public to be protected against the Public Protector.