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DA: Statement by Gareth Van Onselen, Democratic Alliance Executive Director of Communications, on Presidential hotline (14/09/2009)

14th September 2009


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The DA registered its first complaint today with the Presidential hotline, requesting an investigation into the appointment of Paul Ngobeni as a legal advisor to the Minister of Defence, Lindiwe Sisulu. It took 80 minutes and six phone calls. Ngobeni is a fugitive from justice in the State of Connecticut in America, and there are great many questions about how he qualified as a public servant and passed the requisite vetting procedure. The person who registered the complaint was quite taken aback at the details of the case and expressed that the man [Ngobeni] should not be practicing and should be arrested, going so far as to say "he should be in jail". However, it was a nightmare to register the complaint. The details are as follows:
• First call: 10.08 am - 10.24 am: (put on hold for 16 minutes, then cut off with the message "we are extremely busy at the moment, please try again later")
• Second call: 10.33 am - 10.49 am: (same result)
• Third call: 10.50 am - 11.07 am: (same result)
• Fourth call: 11.11 am - 11.22 am: (same result)
• Fifth call: 12.00 pm - 12.12 pm: (same result)
• Sixth call: 12.13 pm: got through: (person was helpful and efficient)
These are just the connected calls, it is worth mentioning that we also tried in excess of a dozen other times to get through, but the line was engaged. We were told the Presidency would revert to us with a reference number. We are still waiting for this return call. We have three other complaints to register today. DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip will be issuing a full list of all complaints laid by the DA on Friday each week.




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