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Shabangu lets building to police watchdog

2011-11-02 11:37

Johannesburg - The public works department made another expensive lease agreement with businessman Roux Shabangu, this time for the head office of the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), according to a report on Wednesday.

Beeld newspaper reported that the police watchdog body had spent R15.6m on rent in the 2010/2011 financial year for its headquarters in Pretoria.

This was up by nearly 400% from the year before - when the bill was R4.2m - apparently because of the lease agreement with Shabangu.

ICD head Francois Beukman told Parliament on Tuesday that the ICD had moved to the new building, owned by Shabangu, last year.

He said the lease agreement was concluded by the department of public works.

Former Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde was sacked from Cabinet last week.

This came after the public protector found that she had acted unlawfully in approving multi-million rand lease agreements with Shabangu for police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

Comments
  • Servaas - 2011-11-02 11:45

    Corruption my dear old friend, I've come to speak with you once again.. LA LA LA. Same story every day.

      RPhiri - 2011-11-02 12:28

      Roux Shabangu again! I have reached a point of no comment. I will let my middle finger do the talking. Has the government made provision for corruption in the constitution?

      mastermindpete - 2011-11-02 12:33

      Roux shabangu should have had a Chinese laundry as his shop front, bacause clearly he washes dirty laundry and cleans tax payers money by converting it into perks for politicians - it is OBVEEEYYAAAAS, this man is corrupt and giving all those useless ANC-pf cadres kickbacks from our money !!!!!

  • Paul - 2011-11-02 11:46

    The former Public Works Minister needs to be investgated by SARS as some of this money has made it into her personnel account via Roux Shabangu.

  • donderwolk - 2011-11-02 11:49

    Okay, Gwen was fired, but what about shabangu? doesn't it take two to tango in this instance?

      Chris - 2011-11-02 12:14

      I dont know what you're implying by saying "Gwen was fired, but what about shabangu?" Well, Shabangu is not the government employee therefore cannot be fired. Shabangu is the businessman who owns a number of buildings which government departments happen to rent out. Gwen was fired for her role in renting these buildings as it was found that she ignored the Public Service Administration rules in signing these lease agreements. What's left for the government, to save the taxpayers' money, is to legally challenge the validity of these lease agreements.

      donderwolk - 2011-11-02 12:47

      so now it comes down to why gwen would place herself in that position? did she gain from it? if so, from who? it happens to often in this country that usually only one party has to suffer the consequences of a corrupt relationship. lets use death-bed shaik as an example, the briber was found guilty but never the bribee? did he bribe himself? jackie, only 1 convicted as well. thats why everything is so out of control here, cause there is always a 50% chance that you might actually get away with it.

  • Richard - 2011-11-02 11:56

    And the happy GRAVY TRAIN gathers speed AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Africa Adieu (Goodbye Africa). No wonder that Africa is a TOTAL F U.

  • Mandla - 2011-11-02 11:59

    And so it continues.....

  • Had - 2011-11-02 12:15

    Will it ever end???

  • Kevin - 2011-11-02 12:18

    One common denominator . In these times even a 6% increase is to much.Fraud ,corruption ,thuggery , Zero integrity . common thief ,

  • baudumpho - 2011-11-02 12:22

    gravy train again. will it ever reach the final destination?

  • peter.greyling - 2011-11-02 12:23

    What happened to the assets forfeiture unit? Surely the proceeds of criminal acts should be recovered from the perpetrators?

  • RLong - 2011-11-02 12:30

    Here we go again. Same old story. Corruption, corruption. When will the masses wake up and see what their so-called leaders are doing to them. What a joke!!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-02 12:31

    Shabangu...should be investigated!!!? Whenever a story breaks about police buildings...his name appears as the recipient of huge sums of tax payers money!!!He is obviously extremely well connected within the elite and is literally milking the country of it's coffers...WHAT A DISGRACE!!!

      pcrous - 2011-11-02 12:50

      Sorry about your disappointment, but he's got the mula to do what he want's.

  • Maxangu - 2011-11-02 12:34

    this isnt funny anymore,the strories of corrupt officials & pathetic entrepreneurs. i give up,by the time these guys r thhrough fleecing us a zim dollar will be better than our rand.

  • Vuyo - 2011-11-02 13:04

    Yes, Gwen was most probably told to sign the lease and warned of the consequences. But don't worry, she'll pop up somewhere else. She'll be looked after. That’s the way it works. And don't believe for one minute that Roux Shenanigans is the only one profiting from this deal. He is just the front man… the name. There will be a dozen or so COMRADES in the wings benefiting from this deal as well. That's the way it works in the ANC. You don't get anything for nothing. The corruption is in EVERY LAYER of every Government Department from the bottom to the very top. And if News24 deletes this comment like previous ones I posted, I’ll post it again. If you don’t like what is said on forums like these then don’t have one.

  • Vuyo - 2011-11-02 13:09

    Kevin, he is just the front man. These deals are are given to and signed off by comrades IN DA HOUSE. That's unfortunately the way it works :/

  • Peter - 2011-11-02 13:56

    This man Shabangu should be forced to accept a one-way ticket into outer space.

  • braamc - 2011-11-02 16:31

    Corruption corruption, it is in there genes.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2011-11-02 17:08

    But still we are voting for ANC

  • Franklyn - 2011-11-03 00:24

    Viva Gravy train Viva,long live the people in poverty,long live.

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