Cosatu welcomes Madonsela's report

2011-07-16 08:00

Cape Town - Cosatu has welcomed the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's finding that Police Commissioner Bheki Cele was guilty of "maladministration" in the attempt to lease a Durban building for R1.16bn.

In a statement issued late on Friday, Cosatu said it called on President Jacob Zuma to follow Madonsela's advice "to do the right thing".

On Thursday Madonsela released her damming report titled "Against the Rules Too" into the lease of a new police headquarters in Durban by the SA Police Service and the department of public works. This was her second report showing that neither department had followed tender processes and national treasury regulations.

Mandonsela also fingered Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde for not cooperating with the public protector's investigation.

Her report said the building would have been leased for R125m/s while its market related value was only R40m/s.

During her press conference, Madonsela suggested that businessman Roux Shabangu whose company Roux Property Fund owned the buildings had received information "that amounted to insider trading".

According to the Cosatu statement, the labour federation agreed with the Public Protector recommendation that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa should "discipline" Cele, and with her suggestion that President Jacob Zuma review the position of Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

However, Cosatu disputed Madonsela's argument that there was insufficient evidence to establish criminality. "But surely this is a form of corruption, just like price-fixing, which is illegal and amounts to theft from the public," Cosatu said.

It went on to say that: "Millions of rands of public money is being squandered to line the pockets of corrupt business people and public servants. A culture of abuse has mushroomed and is spreading.

"Allegations of corruption and the misuse of public funds are piling up and, while we welcome the probes being made by ministers like Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the president needs to allay fears that the perception is that we are sinking into becoming a corruption-ridden banana republic," it said.

Cosatu said it hoped that President Zuma would respond swiftly to the Public protector's reports.

On Friday, Zuma's office issued a statement saying: "The Presidency will accordingly study the report and allow the due processes of its internal discussion. Thereafter, the president will comment on the report."

  • Slapper - 2011-07-16 08:09

    Well theres hope for us yet! Lets see what the ANC does about it though, before we celebrate.

      Francois - 2011-07-16 19:42

      Well do not get your hopes up. This is just a public spat between Cosatu and Zuma. Cosatu did not say no to R40 mil of Lottery money, in fact, they applied for it and it can also be described as "amounting to theft from the public." It is like Ehrenrich who fights for the poor and worker rights, but is so rich that he goes to private hospital. Don't expect too much principle or hope coming through the ranks of Cosatu.

  • USSA - 2011-07-16 08:10

    "Internal discussion" = "thick as thieves" No truly lawful resolve I predict..

  • bosegoos - 2011-07-16 08:12

    Cosatu is to be commended on their views. If they also express themselves against the intimidation of workers during the strikes they will get my vote.

      Creeky - 2011-07-16 10:34

      COSATU are TWO FACED!!!! They ride the wave of sensationalism when they get the opportunity... and then go back and BACK the ANC.... Bunch of bloody TWO FACED LIARS!

  • Bandit - 2011-07-16 08:17

    Get rid of this fool from our Police ... get rid off him with extreme predjudice

      mkerruish - 2011-07-16 13:25

      The expression "with extreme prejudice" means violent execution. Whilst I agree that Cele should go, and preferably also be subject to a judicial enquiry or somesuch, advocating his murder is a little disproportionate, don't you think?

  • PieterWolf - 2011-07-16 08:27

    And all will be swept under the carpet. JZ is to SLAPGAT to do or say anything worthwhile...

  • Marie - 2011-07-16 08:28

    Madonsela for President!

  • EdnaP - 2011-07-16 08:45

    What a LADY!!!! We can build our country with people like her. Yes, I am white..........

  • Snoek - 2011-07-16 08:48

    Is this R125m/s, R125miljion per meter or R125 meters per second? Either way it sounds a bit more expensive than R125 per square meter.

      Creeky - 2011-07-16 10:37

      Origonal owners of the building offered it to SAPA for R40-00 sq/m.... then Shugangu offered it to SAPS for R125 sq/m.... AND HE DID NOT EVEN OWN THE BUILDING!!!! He got finance for the building, from the banks on the pretense of the SIGNED LEASE!!! THAT IS FRAUD.... and nothing else...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deset Rat - 2011-07-16 08:53

    The findings and recommendations of the Public Protector will be relegated to the re-cycle bin by the time we wake up on Monday morning. JZ, Nathi and "shoot to Kill" Cele are thicker than thieves and all three will continue to pull their bellies in and march on.

  • Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-16 09:04

    Without South Africans watching out for the undeniable creep of corruption the land is lost. It would truly be a tragedy for this country if the legacy of Tambo is thrown away in an orgy of corruption and pillaging of wealth by the new anc elite. In a country without any recognizable method for enforcing accountability and justice on political power in un-iniquitous ways, all will suffer the consequences of impunity for the combination of Power and Criminality in action.

  • Nchilo - 2011-07-16 09:18

    I like this Madonsela Woman, fearless and an expect in her work.Bheki is exposed,and whether there is insufficient evidence to categorize this as criminality it is still Corruption and corruption all in all entails criminality(Nchilo 101)

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-16 09:58

    Well Done Madonsela..I wish JZ will do the right thing.

  • alicia - 2011-07-16 10:59

    The day Bheki Cele, loses his job, his pension, everything, I will know there is hope for this country. He has done so much damage. What good has ever eminated from this pathetic human being. Selfish to the core.

  • crackerr - 2011-07-16 11:43

    How about an investigation into the Lotteries Board's decision to finance Cosatu and into the role of Cosatu and its leadership in the dastardly episodes of intimidation and violence we have seen. Let's then see how happy the hypocrites in Cosatu will be. We live in a mad country.

  • Jou - 2011-07-16 15:35


  • davek - 2011-07-17 07:20

    Do those who dance the Shabir Shake have any respect for the constitution, the national anthem,their vows of office or the poor? Without integrity what is the legacy. An escalation of words!

  • Molaodi - 2011-07-25 10:39

    We have been involved in the struggle for liberation and are living with the scars thereof. Now that we are liberated, we are experiencing the prophercy of Goerge Awol in his book "Animal farm". Solution : Act againts Criminals. Let us rally people againt corruption. Please help Mr Malema to understand the word "Poor". He is udermining himself.He is nomore poor he is Superrich.

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