A tip-off sent to, amongst others, Mr Pieter van Dalen (DA), the Shadow Deputy Minister of Fisheries, has confirmed the desperate and chaotic state that the fisheries ministry finds itself in as a result of a minister that sees ghosts at every turn and who must certainly be staring into a number of reports by the Public Protectors that prove what we have been saying for months - Tina Joemat-Petterssen (TJP) is completely unfit to hold public office, let alone sit in Cabinet.
The tip-off is titled "Tina Joemat-Pettersson's office in disarray" and states the following: (unedited)
• In May she (TJP) suspended her DDG for Fisheries, Sue Middleton. Middleton is
now back in office due to bungling of the department. Investigation was
supposed to have concluded in 2 months and that didn't happen
• In June she (TJP) suspended her DG Langa Zita. Sources say that Zita is willing to
leave but wants to be paid for the remainder of his 5-year contract.
• She (TJP) has recently asked for an extension from the public protector before the
latter releases her reportedly damning report on the investigation on Joemat-
Pettersson's accommodation costs.
o Joemat-Pettersson could not produce proof that her trip to Sweden in
2010 was official.
o There is no proof of invite from the Swedes
o There is no proof of presidential approval
o There is no proof that she cut her trip short because she was called
back for an urgent meeting by JZ
• She used state money to buy her children return tickets to SA
when she cut her trip short. Public protector is questioning why
this was necessary
• As if things are not bad enough, Joemat-Pettersson has reportedly shut off all
but one of her support staff, working only with her PA.
o Her diary, which was always handled by her chief of staff, PA and two
special advisors is now a "secret" and only managed by the PA
o There has not been any diary meeting for nearly 2 months
• Biggest shock is that Joemat-Pettersson has fallen out with her advisor Rams
o Word has it she stopped talking to him more than 5 weeks ago
o She does not (take) his calls or emails
o She has not told him what is wrong
o She has moved all his responsibilities to an administrator
o Sources say that the acting DG has refused to intervene telling
Joemat-Pettersson (she) is acting illegally and cannot just terminate Rams'
contract without negotiations
o Joemat-Pettersson was apparently trying to prove that Rams does not
have a contract, in spite of him being on the payroll since October 2010
We repeat our call. Tina Joemat-Pettersson resign now!