Ehrenreich wants Gordon's Bay lease probe

2011-08-03 21:45

Cape Town - ANC City of Cape Town councillor Tony Ehrenreich has asked the public protector to investigate the "corrupt" sub-letting of city-owned holiday cottages in Gordon's Bay.

Ehrenreich said the holiday cottages were hired to "many" National Party councillors under 50-year leases before the end of apartheid in 1994.

Many of the R1 200 a month leases are now being subleased to others for up to R20 000 per month.

"These holiday cottages are the property of the City of Cape Town and should be available for the use of all the citizens of Cape Town," Ehrenreich wrote in a letter to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

"This is clearly corrupt and a perpetuation of the looting that had happened under apartheid, by the apartheid beneficiaries. We would like the public protector to also consider whether it is legal for apartheid theft to continue, where these are in conflict with the Municipal Finance Act."

The City of Cape Town was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Jan Spies - 2011-08-03 21:56

    Then stop falling into the politician stereotype...and stop talking and do. It's really not that difficult. Be proactive man! If someone is doing something fishy, then they should be brought into the light and face the charges.

      Aish - 2011-08-04 07:02

      Aish they are trying hard to find something now on the DA....LOL

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 09:02

      And where do you see any reference to the DA in this article, Aish?

  • TamaraSays - 2011-08-03 22:12

    The trouble is, all these timely releases of information to the media are well and good, but they're not distracting anyone from Cele, Cwele, and Malema, to name a few. Investigate ALL of the crime - don't try and distract the public, because we're not falling for it.

      lusaniraidani - 2011-08-04 13:33

      That is what is happening. All the corruption is being brought into light, from all angles. We need more of this to happen. They should all be investigated and corrective action taken. This is just awful, that Aparheid beneficiaries are still creaming it in today. Makes me sick to the stomach.

  • Phaedioux - 2011-08-03 22:49

    Yet another diversion about something that they missed on their watch when the ANC were in power - now it comes to light and will probably turn out to be perfectly legal - 50 year leases are pretty normal transactions in most parts of the world and lessees have the onus of having to maintain the buildings for that entire period as well. Rates and taxes, lights, water and refuse removal are also for the lessee's account.

      lusaniraidani - 2011-08-04 13:34

      The lease amount being paid back seems too little, much as leases are legal. There is something fishy here, sounds more like legalised theft!!

  • Francois - 2011-08-03 22:56

    Great stuff Tony, are you going to ask the PP to investigate the Arms Deal too? It was clearly corrupt and has perpetuated in the looting that us happening under the ANC now.

      tryanything - 2011-08-04 03:53

      Sour Grapes...

  • Proudly SA - 2011-08-04 06:02

    T.Ehrenreich is just trying to divert attention from appalling corruption and racist conduct within ANC and lame duck president; do not expect anybody to start listening to you before you prepared to take stand against own party and corruption by Mfeketo when she was Mayor and widely know dubious dealings by last ANC provincial gov specifically in Transport ministry

  • radarblip - 2011-08-04 07:29

    if a 50 year lease was signed, why is it illegal? just because they were affiliated with a political party why does that make them ineligible to carry on their lease? I agree that its good that the ANC in cape town bring stuff to attention because it keeps the DA on its toes and gives a bit of healthy competition, but not if its just an attention diversion.

      Rajty - 2011-08-04 08:22

      So what then is the issue with rous Shabangu and the Cele lease- they were signed, and what does it matter tha Shabangu is a "friend" of the president.....why does that get viewed a corruption and this not. I suppose we should sweep it under the carpet- much like the looting that took place pre94...leave the white guys and forget the past- but blacks need to be brought into line. Hipocrtite.

      lusaniraidani - 2011-08-04 13:43

      There are a lot of laws that were passed during the Apartheid era, that were illegal by virtue of them being racist. If this is one of them, where for instance only white people would have been eligible to lease at the time, by all means they should be reversed. We certainly do not want to perpetuate a situation of specific groups of people owning property or reaping great benefits of money from resources that belong to government.

  • kobus.erasmus - 2011-08-04 07:37

    When will the ANC stop blaming apartheid for everything that goes wrong in their lives ?

      Rajty - 2011-08-04 08:23

      When white people have finally paid the price for the f@ck up that whey caused...when they admit the damage they did, and participate in fixing the countrey rather tha sitting on the sidelines and pinting fingers, like you lot actually have a track record to substantiate your high and mighty position in SA.....

      myepos2011 - 2011-08-04 09:12

      @Rajty. White people voted themselves out of power (the only time in the history of the word where people in power voted themselves out) White people who still have jobs spend on average a third of their day working to pay tax. If the ANC cannot figure how to use this money effectively after 17 years, that's not white peoples problem.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-04 13:03

      @ Rajty. The whites built South Africa into the economic powerhouse it was. All the ANC have done is surf that wave toward the shore. When it reaches the shore they will have to paddle out for the next one. Unfortunately due to their policies, it's going to be a tiny wave. Blaming whites won't change that.

      Tinkie - 2011-08-04 13:32

      @ Worldwise, I think all the waves have either been stolen or broken.

  • KrayZee - 2011-08-04 08:36

    Small potatoes in comparison to what your alliance partner is getting up to, Ehrenreich. While I tend to agree that municipal property should not be used for private gain by individuals - and therefore should be investigated and stopped, you are applying bandaids to patient needing a heart, lung and brain transplant.

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 09:04

      I agree. At the same time, corruption is corruption, wherever it takes place.

  • Peter - 2011-08-04 08:55

    Why doesn't this PRICK start doing something good,instead of just looking for crap like a flippin dung beetle.

  • SLIMSANNIE - 2011-08-04 08:56

    Do we know that this is really a fact, the TRUTH? The communists has a logo that says "THE BIGGER THE LIE, THE MORE PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE IT" Will somebody please veryfy the validity of this claim by Ehrenrich?

      daaivark - 2011-08-04 09:05

      There is no such thing as "truth" in party politics. It's a dirty game played by opposing groups, each with it's own set of interests.

  • Johnny - 2011-08-04 09:09

    if this is corruption then it is just a drop in a bucket in comparison to what the ANC have done and still doing. this Tony dude sure loves to sling Mud, why doesn't he rather try to make a difference perhaps then people will look at him more positively

  • Badballie - 2011-08-04 10:26

    all good points unfortunately they come from someone who (ALLEGEDLY) openly supports the ruling party and therefore by extension the ongoing corruption within Government. which automatically means that he is not only a poor witness who must be investigated to ascertain his honesty but also that his motives must be questioned. On the other hand we do need to have the public protector investigate and bring to book anyone found guilty of using the system for personal gain, although this may be a waste of time and money, we have already seen that the ANC senior officials are nothing more than empty vessels making a lot of noise all of which lacks any substance...well ALLEGEDLY anyway.

  • Virginia - 2011-08-04 11:29

    Mr Ehrenreich, Good Investigate the NP, we do not want them or their families like the ANC to benefit from anything in this country, the main beneficiries are the citizens of this country who pay your salaries.Then you must also investigate all the parking garages, parking meters, city market areas that have been leased to CTCC officials. We welcome all of these investigations so that we know what not to use so that we enrich thes so called officials.

  • Lloyd-O - 2011-08-04 12:33

    All corruption is bad, but lets not talk about pennies when billions are being carried off in the gravy train...perspective please.

  • avoomu - 2011-08-04 15:02

    You should view Ehrenreich's demands in context. This is the man that did not know that destroying opposition posters is illegal and morally wrong. Same I.Q. as Juliarse Malema!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-05 22:03

    ah Tony -- doesn't the commies wana play with you anymore..?

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