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.

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