Criminal charges laid in police lease scandal

2011-08-07 19:07
Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance has laid criminal charges against four people implicated in Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's reports into leases for new police headquarters, the party said on Sunday.

Charges were laid on Friday against police chief General Bheki Cele, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, businessman Roux Shabangu, and Public Works Director General Siviwe Dongwana, DA federal chairperson Wilmot James and justice and constitutional development spokesperson Debbie Schafer said in a statement.

In her reports, Madonsela found the lease agreements for the police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban were improper and invalid.

Last month, she said the Durban lease would have been worth R1.16bn over 10 years, and that of the Middestad Building in Pretoria, R604m over the same period.

Charges

James and Schafer said the charges laid against Cele were brought under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Government Immovable Asset Management Act.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde had been accused of contravening the Public Protector Act by failing to co-operate with the public protector and continuing to implement the lease agreements.

The DA said it had also laid charges against her and Shabangu under the Intimidation Act for their treatment of Dongwana.

The party had laid charges against him for allegedly contravening PFMA and Treasury regulations by failing to report to the Treasury and the auditor general the reasons for deviating from a competitive tender process.

"We have waited for the president [Jacob Zuma] to take appropriate action, but after a long silence all that has been forthcoming was an announcement on Friday that he would submit his 'preliminary response' to the National Assembly next Friday, and that he believes there are 'some aspects that ... need further clarity'," said James and Schafer.

Zuma ‘accepts’ report

Although Zuma expressed support for Chapter Nine institutions and his commitment to transparency and good governance, he failed to act accordingly, they said.

Zuma has reportedly accepted the protector's findings on the two leases and a recommendation of remedial action

The Sunday Tribune reported that he did so in a letter to Madonsela, according to her spokesperson Kgalelo Masibi.

Madonsela was "happy" with the response, but had urged Zuma to take action.

She told the Sunday Tribune, she expected Parliament to play an oversight role if no action was taken.

Masibi said Madonsela expected Zuma to "weigh the transgression and decide on the remedial action to be taken within a reasonable time frame".

She had given the department of public works and the police 30 days to submit action plans to her office and 60 days to implement remedial actions.
- SAPA
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