Police will respond to Madonsela’s report next week

2011-07-15 07:08

The SAPS will respond to a Public Protector report on alleged maladministration in the procurement of leases for police office space early next week.

They needed more time to study the document, which was released yesterday, said Major General Nonkululeko Mbatha, spokeswoman for national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

It was handed to the SAPS two hours before journalists got it, she said.

In her report, Madonsela recommends President Jacob Zuma should act against Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde for failing to co-operate with a probe into two controversial building leases for the police.

Madonsela notes alleged maladministration and improper and unlawful conduct by the Department of Public Works and the SAPS in the leasing of office space in Durban. The 10-year lease was worth R1.16 billion.

The release of the document came four months after an initial report into a R500 million lease for similar office space in Pretoria, signed between national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu. She found the agreement between the two “fundamentally flawed and invalid”.

President Jacob Zuma will comment on the report Madonsela after the presidency had studied and discussed it.

The presidency said it received the report yesterday afternoon.

In her report, Madonsela recommends President Jacob Zuma should act against public works minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde for failing to co-operate with a probe into two controversial building leases for the police. 

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