Building could cost cops R612m

2011-10-09 20:45

Pretoria - The police are preparing to write off R612m for the controversial ­Pretoria head office leasing deal – if the court rules against it.

The deal, which may lead to General Bheki Cele’s suspension by President Jacob Zuma, could be cancelled after the department of public works sought a ­declaratory order on its legality from the high court.

In the police’s 2010/11 yearly report, to be tabled before Parliament on Tuesday, the Pretoria lease with property mogul Roux Shabangu’s company is included in the financial statements as a contingent liability, which means a loss may be ­recorded depending on the court’s ruling.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Cele unlawfully entered into the deal to lease the Sanlam Middestad building in Pretoria from Roux Property Fund.

Madonsela declared the lease unlawful in February and asked Zuma to take action against Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Still deciding

Zuma is still deciding on the case.

Cele and Mahlangu-Nkabinde were due to appear before the portfolio committees on police and public works on Monday with Madonsela in attendance, but the ­meetings were cancelled on Friday.

ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga ­received a proposal to postpone the ­meeting because some members of the committees were unavailable.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde also failed to attend a meeting to discuss the lease with the public works committee in August.

The yearly report also reveals that ­police face claims totalling over R11bn – up from about R7.5bn in the last ­financial year.

The claims include R8.5bn due to police action in the past year.


Irregular expenditure of nearly R100m was incurred, including R12m spent on artists and performers.

The SA Communist Party owes the ­police R22 000, which has been outstanding since 2009/10.

The report also shows that 476 police officers were charged with corruption, ­defeating the ends of justice, fraud, aiding an escapee, bribery and extortion in the past year.

Of these 263 were suspended (215 without pay and 48 with salary) while another 213 were not suspended.

A total of 479 corruption charges were brought against cops – three police officers were charged with more than one crime and 81 were dismissed for misconduct.


Police ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said appropriate action will be taken against any public servant responsible if the R612m for the Pretoria building lease is spent.

“We have consistently emphasised that those in charge of the department’s management, whether financial, human resource or day-to-day running of police stations, must do their jobs thoroughly,” Mnisi said.

He said the ministry was beginning to see improvements, but more needed to be done. He added the department did not condone police brutality or involvement of police in criminal acts.

“Over the past two years we have put stringent measures, both legislative and operational, against corrupt officers wherein those who do not uphold the law, have been arrested, sentenced and even dismissed from the SAPS,” he said.

Mnisi said the campaign of exposing and ridding the SAPS of “tsotsi-cops” had no time frame and to a large extent it was through public tip offs that such elements were nabbed.

  • Kamogelo - 2011-10-09 13:59

    It's fine man, the tax payers only complain once a month before they realise they are powerless.'comply now complain later'

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-10-09 21:14

    mafia. that's all I have to say.

  • leonard - 2011-10-09 21:33

    The facts and figures in this report are beyond believable.How can things actually get this bad during a time period without somebody reporting to somebody.!!!Money and responsibility seem to be of no consequence to people in charge.Heads should roll,but we all know of course,nothing will happen.What a disgrace.

      Patsy - 2011-10-10 12:14

      Total bloody disgrace, but it'll just carry on one way or the other because no one ever seems to be held liable. SMITH

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-09 21:34

    The Pimp-Cele keeps on f8king up in true ANC tradition! And he is still employed! Jacob has NO guts or even common sense! Load the pockets comrades! How many house? How many poor could have been fed? How many jobs? The rot continue,ANC style

  • Gilven - 2011-10-09 21:42

    Hey look everyone.... more of our tax money which could have gone towards improving South African lives down the drain!

  • PyroSA - 2011-10-09 22:03

    They have values in the billions, yet the article singles out a R22k value from the SACP?

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-10-09 22:27

    who should actualy care it is going to happen again with no ........................................?

  • Andries Pretorius - 2011-10-09 22:43

    Dubula iMaaifoedies!

  • andre^^ - 2011-10-09 23:03

    oooooh recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession recession Good times ahead folks, expect taxes to be raised in order for the state(nowadays the ANC)to be pay their debt ^_^

  • braamc - 2011-10-09 23:05

    Zuma has no ethics and leadership to stop SA's thieving corrupt public sector and government. The worst leader in our history. So rotten himself. What a shame for the lives of millions are getting worst and worst.

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-10 00:05

    Daft, misleading headline! It costs the cops nothing, it costs US R612 000 000,00! And at least one cop (Cele) gets a lot of moolah in an undisclosed bank-account.

  • patricia.donalds - 2011-10-10 02:36

    Consentual polygraphing programs to fight police misconduct and corruption. Not only on hire, but every 5yrs and for internal affairs investigations. DHS is expanding their polygraph program to fight corrupt CBP agents. It only takes one good man with the vision, courage and integrity to lead by good example. The world will follow his lead.

  • Save SA - 2011-10-10 07:18

    This is a disgrace if it happens ! How many houses could have been nuilt with that money, how many school children could have had proper class romms with real desks. How many pensioners could have been supported on that money. The list of how many's goes on forever. If no one is fired , meaning the General or the minister then this shows us just exactly what regard the ANC have for this type of misadministration and how serious they are to deal with not only corrupt but also inefficient and wastefull staff.

  • GuyverXT9 - 2011-10-10 07:57

    Yup, here we go again. Useless ANC government losing millions at the expense of their voters. Oh wait, no, the taxpayer is an unending source of money, or so these thugs in suits seem to think. Low life scum, every single person associated with the ANC, and that's the truth.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-10-10 07:59

    Let those who caused this pay it from their pockets. Writing this of will be a crime against the tax payers of RSA.

  • Banana_Republic - 2011-10-10 08:29

    Dear SA Taxpayer, thanks so much, your generosity is greatly appreciated. Yours sincerely Roux Shabangu. PS - I'm enjoying the new Maybach and house in Camps Bay

  • gregory.f.dean - 2011-10-10 08:37

    it won't cost the Cops anything. The Bill will be at the expense of the taxpayer. Once again the people who should know better are happy to spend money which is not their own!

  • Dianne - 2011-10-10 08:48

    So are Cele's and Gwen's heads going to roll over this, or not?

      Steve - 2011-10-10 12:54

      Heads roll? I am afraid not likely! Particularly as our trusted chief, corrupt lying low down piece of scum ,of police was a guest at the wedding of Zuma clan this weekend. Wonder who paid for the wedding AGAIN? These clowns know only how to steal and destroy without conscience or fear of retribution. They will only stop when there is absolutely nothing left of this country, its infrastructure and its economy.

  • mosali - 2011-10-10 09:08

    and Malema wants to nationalise the mines and take the white farms...... how long will it take for him to realise that the wealth in this country is in the hands of the Cadres not the whites!

  • beicime - 2011-10-10 09:14

    The poor of South Africa can't win under the ANC and nationalization waits the most incompetent and corrupt management to give any benefits to the poor of South Africa.

  • Gail - 2011-10-10 09:21

    I agree with Antwahn - cost the Police Department nothing. It is costing the tax payers and the South African people. Just think what a decent government with a President with a bit of backbone could accomplish with all that money - no, it is going to one greedy person just because he had a few more brain cells than the clown with the hats.

  • Badballie - 2011-10-10 09:34

    two wrongs don't make a right, if Cele acted illegally he must suck it up and be held personally responsible for the repayment of the funds, Shabangu is also corrupt as hell, his cheek at trying to act innocent and extort the money just shows the "air of entitlement" we have seen in the government. The ANC can pay for this out of their own party funds, the middle class will not carry this burden. WE ARE THE 99% and we are coming for you!

  • d2eguy - 2011-10-10 10:13

    in fact this whole exercise of fraud and corruption will not cost the SAP or ANC anything ... this will cost the few law abiding and hard working TAXPAYERS as always .

  • Benmica - 2011-10-24 22:03

    You guys that complain must do it through the right channels. How can management know about rogue policemen if you don't report it.....

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