Shabangu unmoved by Cele suspension - report

2011-10-26 15:00
Johannesburg - Property tycoon Roux Shabangu is unmoved by the suspension of National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, according to reports on Wednesday.

Shabangu told The New Age newspaper that he believed President Jacob Zuma had done what he saw fit when he suspended Cele and fired Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

"The president runs his Cabinet as he sees fit, like I run my business as I see fit," he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Shabangu maintained that his deals with the public works and police departments were above board.

Zuma suspended Cele on Monday.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found his involvement in the procurement of two leases for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban, involving Shabangu, unlawful and that they amounted to maladministration. The leases were worth R1.6bn.

Zuma appointed a board of inquiry into the allegations of misconduct in relation to the contracts.

Shabangu welcomed the inquiry into the contracts signed with his company for the buildings, The New Age reported.

He hoped it would "shed some light" on allegations of impropriety levelled against him and Cele.

Shabangu vowed to clear his name in court as he was contesting the public works department's effort to have the lease contract with his company cancelled.
Read more on:    police  |  public works  |  roux shabangu  |  jacob zuma  |  gwen mahlangu-nkabinde  |  bheki cele  |  thuli madonsela  |  police lease saga

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.