Police lease: Minister studying report

2011-03-22 12:32

Pretoria - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde will comment within the next 30 days on the Public Protector's report into the SA police's lease agreement for the Middestad Building in Pretoria.

Speaking at a press conference in Pretoria on Tuesday, Mahlangu-Nkabinde said she was still reading the report released last month by Thuli Madonsela and would comment once she had fully studied it.

She said she respected the Public Protector, and denied a media report that quoted her as saying that the report was "shallow and superficial".

Lease agreement

Last year it was reported that national police commissioner Bheki Cele had agreed to a R500m lease agreement for the building in Pretoria with property tycoon Roux Shabangu, allegedly without following tender procedures.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde said she had been in contact with Shabangu two or three times, including a telephone call where he said "I want to tell you my side of the story."

Madonsela found that Cele was guilty of improper conduct and maladministration when the police entered into the lease.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde has been in possession of the Public Protector's report for the past month.

Madonsela found that the accounting officer of the public works department was also guilty of improper conduct and maladministration.


She also said the lease between the public works department and Shabangu's Roux Property Fund was invalid.

Madonsela said the public works department's decision to continue with the deal despite legal opinion advising against it amounted to maladministration.

She also recommended that Cabinet, at its first meeting, demand an explanation from Mahlangu-Nkabinde on why she decided to continue with the lease despite legal opinion to the contrary.

  • watalife - 2011-03-22 12:41

    30 days to read a report? Just another ANC dumbo.

      Dave - 2011-03-22 12:53

      Maybe the story will change if she takes long enough?

      gizzy - 2011-03-22 12:55

      She's looking for the tiniest loophole to get Cele off. Learned well from JZ (peanut head)!

      IandI - 2011-03-22 14:03

      That's two words per hour I guess, excluding punctuation.In the end the Puh-lease chief will be found not guilty.

      Dougalan - 2011-03-22 15:26

      Sheesh - and why is Cele even still in office? This R500-million is sheer blatant crookery. A blind man can see that. Do the poor realise how THEY are being robbed by this excuse of a government?

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-22 19:06

      I thought they allready did read the report thoroughly. Afterall they did come up with comments like 'vindicated', 'shallow and superficial' allthough the last one in good ANC fashion is being denied again.. Looks like stalling tactics to me, but offcourse I could be wrong.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-22 12:41

    Can Gwen Nkabinde read?

      watalife - 2011-03-22 12:59

      does not look like it

      U1 - 2011-03-22 13:52

      Seems like the reading excercise goes very slow. 30 days already and another 30 days to answer. Hope ther are many pictures and print is BIG otherwise it will be another 60 days......

      OuBoerseun - 2011-03-22 16:34

      The report was written slowley, because the the okes who have to read it read slowley!!!!!

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-22 12:43

    Ok she is going to take 30 days cause she can't understand written eengleesh...Eish this Oxford is difficult!

      Grant - 2011-03-22 12:53

      Can't count either - 30 days is before the elections, going to have to come up with a damn good spin to not lose any further votes!

  • Tazzy - 2011-03-22 12:44

    Reading is a skill !

  • paulf - 2011-03-22 12:44

    A Minister to study the report, what a joke. Another smear campaign here sorry to say folks. He will probably be the new Zuma prosecutor!!

  • Slayer - 2011-03-22 12:51

    Wonder how long it will take this hobbit to read the collective works of Tolkien then...

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-22 12:51

    LOL! I bet you that after 30 days of reading, this will all disappear under the rug, with a generic statement like: "there is no evidence of any wrong doing" or "the ANC is unaware of any wrong doing" These guys are a complete joke. I am not convinced that this minister even knows how to read

      KEITH - 2011-03-22 13:29

      Yep Mike, you've hit the nail on the proverbial head. That is exactly what will happen and you or I ain't gonna die wondering whether any of the ANCs so called literati can read anything but bones.

  • shudu8 - 2011-03-22 12:54

    so she's not sure if she met Shabangu twice or 3 times. How must we trust her, she already has short a term memory span.

  • bill - 2011-03-22 12:58

    Slow reader- perhaps a retard?Or maybe she needs pictures.

  • me - 2011-03-22 13:00

    30 days....that's if she speed-reads. You guys should be glad she's not studying the report in detail 'cause that will be a lifetime commitment and the report will go down to the grave with her....

  • pop101 - 2011-03-22 13:06

    30 days is actually a generally accepted time frame to comment on any State and Private reports/applications.

      Frank Ellis - 2011-03-22 13:36

      Yes, but she's already had it for a month!

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-22 14:18

      I'm with Frank on this one, do you honestly think that after 30 days, a decision will be made? This will be strethed out to the fullest...and you know it.

      Foxx - 2011-03-22 15:05

      I think you are missing the point. 30 days to read a report that has seriours implications for Cele and the process. There should be a sense of urgency even if she did an all nighter to deal with this issue. All she is doing is puttinh it off untill after the elections and then it will be back on track. PS. I think she has read it already, but is delaying admitting it because then she would have to make a decision.

  • Jou - 2011-03-22 13:09

    30 days to say "angazi" *whilst picking her nose*

  • CheekySod - 2011-03-22 13:13

    This story deserves comment. News24 will probably just delete it like they have done with most of my previous comments. News24 - I lost my faith in your accuracy.

  • PMG - 2011-03-22 13:15

    Can ANC ministers read?They are very good at stealing,lying,breaking and promising - but reading,I am not so sure.

      Baboon sheperd - 2011-03-22 13:52

      @PMG, Pravin Gordan and Trevor Manuel are ANC Ministers. Holding on to you view you pink thrash?

      gizzy - 2011-03-22 14:11

      Pink trash? that's a new one baboon, even by your gutter standards.

      Stu - 2011-03-22 15:24

      @Baboon sheperd: did i not read the same "pink thrash" comment earlier in news 24? Shows monkey-boy has little of the grey matter if he keeps repeating the same racist shyte. Eish monkey problems again.

      call a spade - 2011-03-22 20:12

      BABOON SHEPERD So why are these two gentlemen who are obviously intelligent still members of the ANC which are obviously CORRUPT? I will surely appreciate yor reply.Pink Thrash!!!

  • gcr - 2011-03-22 13:23

    Well if you believe the Who's Who of SA then she has had plenty of experience in reading after all she taught at 2 high schools and has an LLB which she gained in 2004 - no mention of institution which deferred this degree on her. So she has no excuse for taking 2 months to read and comment on the report - what she really needs to do is terminate the lease or obtain more favourable terms - but then Public Works are not know for being the sharpest pencils in the pack are they - see cosmetic changes for Gauteng's premier at R 24 k as an example

      OuBoerseun - 2011-03-22 16:40

      Don't you mean "conferred this degree on her", the way I would understand deferred is that they held it back, but then again maybe they did!!!

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  • KaiinSA - 2011-03-22 13:34

    She put it through the shredder to make copies.

  • fandash1 - 2011-03-22 13:39

    A is for African, N is for needs, C is for corruption. Eish why these peoples they dont want me to give back the money before I spends it, aikona.

  • Carl - 2011-03-22 13:43

    Hey we being run by Gaddafi! I just all makes sense now

  • Amelam - 2011-03-22 13:44

    After 30 days the Minister will say that she does not understand it and then ask Cele and Shababgu what she should do. They will probably ask for 90 days to study the report whereafter she will refer their recommendation to the Cabinet who will after a year appoint a commission of enquiry with an instruction that it should report back within five years, and so on ......

  • DoktaPhill - 2011-03-22 13:47

    With R500 Million to splash out, why doesn't the Police Dept buy their own land (or simply use some state owned land), in Midrand (or wherever) and build themselves, their own Brand New, Massive, State-of-the-Art Police Station? They could still get their buddies to build it for them, everyone would be happy, but they would then own it, and not have to rent it. In other words, instead of just handing over "Five Hundred Million Rand" to some shady Shabangu, it could become a real State Asset and belong to us the Taxpayer.

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-03-22 14:15

      That would of been the logic of a functional state

  • ZACKIE - 2011-03-22 13:55

    I am suprised she can read ,IQ is not a job requirement in anc

  • Siener2 - 2011-03-22 14:12

    The Minister, she reads slowly...

  • Sputs - 2011-03-22 14:17

    the era of simpletons, which kicked off at polokwane is in full bloom for all to see, and they have the cheek to complain when others, more intelligent than them, say we are well on the road to becoming a dysfunctional state. i mean really how much time does the cabinet minister need to read a report?

  • Bheki - 2011-03-22 14:33

    Mrs Mahlangu Nkabinde and Mr Cele, we shall await your comment and further actions as how are we going to resolve this. I hope you will understand that for each R1 that I am paid atleast R0.37 goes to pay for this (Rent, you salary, you car, phone etc). It may not sound a lot of money to you but to me it is quite a lot. I think my fellow citizen share the same sentiment. Please account to us.

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-22 14:40

    can she read? Probably illiterate like the rest. maybe she knows someone who can

  • Eric West - 2011-03-22 15:04

    The minister she's a slow reader!

  • LuCypher - 2011-03-22 15:24

    Shame, she reads very slowly. Probably has to spell each word first . . .

  • WillowI - 2011-03-22 15:33

    Is this the same minister that continued with the lease even though legal opinion advised against it (See last paragraph)?. No Wonder she is still studying the report. How is she going to explain her decision.

  • DW - 2011-03-22 15:44

    So Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabine decided to continue the lease despite legal opinion to the contrary and now she is the one who will be studying the report and commenting on it. Would it not be good corporate governance practise that someone else looks at it objectively and comments? She is clearly going to cover up her own bad judgement (or maladministration) in her comments on the report. So in other words the whole report and investigation will be waste of time with another ANC cover-up.

  • ji - 2011-03-22 15:50

    whats to study ???? cwele and co got a friend to buy a building for 190 million then cele and co rent same building for 500 million of the tax payers money . fraud , corruption , insider trading , bribes , kick backs and theft are some of the charges that come to mind . CELE IS A CROOK .

  • Dirk - 2011-03-22 15:56

    B comes after A and before C....lets try again...There runs Spot , Spot has a you try.... Might be quicker if someone reads it for her

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-03-22 16:14

    Eissssh and we will study these documant til the cows come home . these documant is too long seriaaas !!

  • BigD - 2011-03-22 18:50

    How long is this report. Or does she read slowly.

  • Deset Rat - 2011-03-22 19:55

    Why has'nt the Minister of Police suspended "The General" Cele with out pay yet?

  • Deset Rat - 2011-03-22 20:09

    I have heard through the grapevine (bush telegraph) "The General" has been invited to a Celebrity Wedding anniversary party in the "Upmarket" suburb of La Lucia this coming week end lasting up to 5 nights! There will be guards at the entrance with guns big enough to blow you into splinters, should they receive the command "shoot to kill"!

  • Happy - 2011-03-23 09:33

    Well its a case of TOMORROW everything is tomorrow absolutely no urgency that is why they suffer the way they do lazy bunch of A-Holes

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