Police leases: DA wants answers

2011-07-25 14:23

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance will submit questions to Parliament for clarity on the two controversial leases for police office space, DA MP Debbie Schafer said on Monday.

"The minister needs to explain why there has been no court decision on the lease agreement, and whether, in fact, any application has even been made to court," she said.

This followed a report in the Sunday Times that businessman Roux Shabangu wanted to recoup R1bn from the minister for defaulting on the lease for the Wachthuis building in Pretoria.

The public protector found that processes relating to this lease, for police headquarters, were unlawful and said accountability lay with National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

Earlier in July, the protector made a similar finding relating to the planned lease of a building in Durban from Shabangu by the public works department.

The DA said that if Nkabinde had not taken action to have the lease cancelled, or if she paid a reported R50m settlement to him, it would be clear that she was helping Shabangu "milk the state coffers".

Comment was not forthcoming from Shabangu or the department of public works.

  • Eric West - 2011-07-25 14:36

    Bheki Cele is putting the "lease" back in "Poh-lease"! - Nik Rabinowitz

      Khatman - 2011-07-25 16:10

      This is the same "Pohlease" you the minority want to have you protected??

      troXi - 2011-07-28 09:47

      Khatman - look at you getting all mighty because you are the majority. The police are there to protect ALL South Africans and every bit of money they waste on corruption means less cops out there doing what they're supposed to do. Now catch a wake up!

      Danny - 2011-07-28 12:53

      @ Khatman - It's the minority as you put it, that Pay's the useless "Pohlease" and other goverment departments, for services NOT rendered. Wakee-wakeee

  • grant.hide - 2011-07-25 14:47


  • SirMark - 2011-07-25 14:50

    the only answers the DA and the SA people will get from cele and the ANC will be more lies and B S as that is all the CORRUPT AND USELESS ANC can give SA .

      Martin - 2011-07-25 15:07

      I call on the Government and those in positions of influence including big business to stand up and DO SOMETHING NOW!!! If you continue allowing the thieving, corruption and dishonesty and dont stop this BULLSH*T NOW then you are cowards, you dont deserve your positions in society and you are also corrupt! Jacob Zuma .... its time you started leading this country. Its time you started F**KING somebody up.

      SlapTjip - 2011-07-25 15:38

      I don't think Zuma has enough oempf in his pants to do anything Martin. He's by far the most useless president this country has seen since the creation of Earth.

      Khatman - 2011-07-25 16:15

      It is rich for someone who drinks from the fountain everyday. Try being from Zim and having to had that leader...our time is now and here and thanks to the leader you so dispise. ViVA JZ and JuJU

  • biskit - 2011-07-25 14:56

    Thats Right - hold 'em accountable...if the gov don't want to take responsibilty then the gov shouldn't be there and the media and every rightgeous south african will continue to make it known to the public whilst the gov self distruct

  • Shadoz - 2011-07-25 15:03

    The ANC think they have got total control and they have to awnser to nobody. Lets show them otherwise.

  • zackie - 2011-07-25 15:24

    the DA will never get those answers as zuma..believes his pals did nothing worng they just learnt from him how to do it

  • NEWDADUDE - 2011-07-25 15:25

    Zoom Zoom couldnt answer the question WHATS YOUR NAME without someone telling the herdboy!! I only have faith in Madonsela but she has only so much power. He condones corruption and fraud as he is the master at it.

  • Ingie - 2011-07-25 15:37

    @ Martin - Zuma leading the country are you nuts he cant and he has proven that over and over. Soon as there is a problem where do we find him globe trotting and helping the syrians and libyians. He cant fix up his country so wonder how he is to fix other countries. The whole govt from top to bottom is corrupt and this is their way of showing us whities that they are now going to take what should have been there in the past. They need to get over this and move on. T

  • Mpinchi6 - 2011-07-25 16:01

    Don Cele is still studying the report. Come guys have some patience, with a Grade1 education it's an uphill battle to read.

  • horsehair - 2011-07-25 16:06

    WTF has happened? nothing yet... it's like the power stations... EISH oh let's us look at it and make a committee that goes on a conference...

  • psydomx - 2011-07-25 16:08

    The black govenment can do what it wants with your tax money ok! and if you have a problem with corruption and theft , mismanagement etc then you are a racist ok!

  • StoneAngel - 2011-07-25 16:17

    To the DA - I hope you start operating as an Opposition Party sometime - I would like you to keep the pressure up - TILL IT BURSTS this matter.

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