Zuma to reply to Madonsela’s lease report

2011-08-05 13:57

President Jacob Zuma will submit his preliminary response to the Public Protector’s reports on police office leases to the Speaker of Parliament today.

“[The report will] appraise the Speaker of National Assembly on what we have done so far in response to the Public Protector’s report,” Zuma told media owners in Pretoria.

Zuma said ministers had responded to the findings and recommendations, but that more clarity was needed on “some aspects”.

“I still need further information from them as there are some aspects that I feel need further clarity.”

Political parties recently criticised Zuma for his slow response to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s two reports. He received the first one in February.

Madonsela found lease agreements for police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban invalid. Her findings implicated police chief General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde in wrongdoing.

Madonsela said last month the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16 billion over 10 years, while that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria was worth R604 million over the same period.

Zuma’s office said earlier this week it was busy “following due process”.

It has also denied a rumour that Roux Shabangu, owner of the buildings, was a friend of Zuma’s.

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