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Protector welcomes minister's action

2011-09-22 17:33

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has welcomed a bid by Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde to have lease contracts for police office space cancelled.

"The action by the minister is in line with the public protector's finding that the lease was invalid and that the department should urgently review the purported lease with a view of cancellation," her office said on Thursday.

Mahlangu-Nkabinde recently filed papers in the North Gauteng High Court in a bid to have the contracts declared null and void.

She said the controversial multimillion-rand deals, signed with businessman Roux Shabangu for police office space in Durban and Pretoria, were entered into before her appointment as minister.

She denied signing off on the contracts, saying she could not be held responsible for what happened before she took office.

"Part of the reason it has taken some time to get to the point of filing court papers is because of obstruction I received from within the department, and because I received contradictory legal advice," she said on Tuesday.

Shabangu not paid one cent


"We have not paid Mr Shabangu one cent, no work was ever started on the Durban offices and nor have we authorised Mr Shabangu's company to complete any work on the Middestad building."

Shabangu welcomed the minister's legal steps, saying it would bring clarity to the matter.

"We [Roux Property Fund] welcome the minister's actions. This matter has been hanging for... too long," Shabangu's spokesperson Lelo Zulu told Sapa in an e-mail.

In a recent report, Madonsela found the public works department deviated from tender processes, that the lease agreements were not at the market rate, and that Shabangu allegedly pressured officials into finalising the deals.

Madonsela's first report, released in February, was on her investigation into the Sanlam-Middestad building in Pretoria, leased for R500m. Her second report examined the R1.1bn agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.

Madonsela called on President Jacob Zuma to take action against Mahlangu-Nkabinde, Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele and senior officials involved in the deals.

Last week, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma took the report seriously, which was why he had decided not to make a "hasty or haphazard" decision.

Comments
  • Gadafi007 - 2011-09-22 17:55

    Scratch my back ,i will scratch yours

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-22 18:45

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  • Deset Rat - 2011-09-22 18:00

    If Shabangu hasn't been paid a cent (yet), could that also mean Bheki Cele hasn't been paid a cent (yet)? Will all concerned lie low until the ANC rams through their "secrets bill"?

  • ptaguy1983 - 2011-09-22 18:04

    Thuli Madonsela for President! She had to have more balls than the whole of National Assembly for her public report on the leases. Government and ANC needs more people like her.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-22 20:50

      I don't trust this... Even if they didn't start construction, surely someone must have paid rent for these buildings up to now? Criminal action should also still be taken against Mahlangu-Nkabinde, or at the very least she should be dismissed from her position. If she was aware then she is guilty of criminal conduct, if she wasn't aware then she is not fit to do her job.

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  • Ruben32 - 2011-09-22 18:05

    Zuma does not take anything seriously. Oh sorry, except his next meal.

      burtfred - 2011-09-22 18:51

      And his wives' and girlfriends' "needs"

      Independenth - 2011-09-22 19:03

      A letter to Dr. Phil from Anonymous: Dear Dr Phil, Im 68 yrs old and have 20 kids and I have recently impregnated the daughter of a friend . I need help and don't have anyone to turn to. Dr. Phil respond: Voetsek Zuma!!!

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-23 09:57

      and his next shag.........

      beicime - 2011-09-23 11:37

      Pathetic comments. You don't need to like Zuma but you can't give any positive suggestion. I noticed that you never agree with anything and that's because you are ignorant and use sarcasm to hide from other people.

  • Gansie - 2011-09-22 18:20

    What baffles me is the fact that it took the Minister several months to issue this statement. Why did she not thought it fit to discuss this matter with the PP shortly after the PP's findings were made public. Why did the Minister not respond to allegations that she signed the Middestad lease after her predecessor refused to do so. I am sorry, but I am not convinced of her bona fides.

      Bart Zimzon - 2011-09-22 18:34

      its a bona fide "hook, line and sinker" aka deception of real issues.

      Nkalakatha - 2011-09-23 08:59

      Agree Gansie, why did it took so loooong before she realised that she did not sign anything regarding the contracts/tenders ??? I smell a big fat rat, maybe Roux got "something" to shut him up becauce he was spilling beans before this statement!!

  • leonard - 2011-09-22 18:32

    Listened to the minister for an hour on SAFM this morning.What a disgrace she is.The public protector was not invited to defend herself but the minister was given free reign to spin a real web of lies.My question,where is Zuma in all of this?Silence as usual.

      leonard - 2011-09-22 18:46

      Extra to above.The ANC damage control dept.now in gear to minimise negative fallout by an inept,incompitent minister.The ANC-SABC in full flight.What a disgrace.

  • Sinudeity - 2011-09-22 18:53

    Threaten a politician, then they start doing their jobs it seems.

  • nowinlondon - 2011-09-22 19:15

    Not made a 'hasty or haphazard decision'? WTF. The only decision the man has ever made is to do nothing....

  • braamc - 2011-09-22 19:42

    Fat thieving Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde bitch

      York Hunt - 2011-09-23 10:58

      ...and she fugly, yo!

  • The Dad - 2011-09-22 19:53

    Well done Ms Public Protector. I trust you a lot more than your predecessor and maybe a few more before him. Towing the political/party line is unacceptable. Please keep up the good work.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-22 20:04

    Corrupt-incompetent Nkabinde is trying to save face! Well done Madonsela!

  • thozi - 2011-09-22 21:35

    After hearing Minister Nkabinde's explanation on SAFM this morning, I now believe she has no blood on her hands, although I think she should have acted earlier and not have waited for the Public Protector's report. As for the Public Protector, well done Sis Thuli, please keep it up. You're now the only hope we have that will ensure that our country retains some semblence of sanity.

      leonard - 2011-09-22 21:49

      @thozi...... Did we listen to the same broadcast on SAFM?I agree with you about the PP but come on,if you believed the drivel put out by Nkabindi,you must be in lala land.Would loved to have heard the PP defeding her position in the face of the CRAP spoken.

      thozi - 2011-09-22 22:26

      Leonard, with everything going so bad around us, one can only survive on hope that there's still a grain of goodness in the worst of us. If we were to count each and every wrong or failure we commit as humans (let alone our politicians) even we, would commited suicide due to our endless flaws. By the way, I did not say I was certain... I only said I 'believe... although...' - all in small letters mind you.

  • justice4all - 2011-09-22 22:38

    Zuma is a fargin corksucker and will never fire his icehole comrade Beke Cele. All are as filthy,evil and scum as the rest. This is the time for those ANC MP's who has some integrity and back bone to stand up and be counted. There must be some of them.

  • leonard - 2011-09-22 22:39

    @thozi. Point taken.Nice for a change for people to have a civilized exchange without racial insults being traded.Have a good evening.

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-09-23 08:54

    Previous Minister must then be grilled !! Eish the BLAME game will be for us for many years to come.......

  • beicime - 2011-09-23 11:34

    A bit too late as some considerable money has been already wasted but welcome nevertheless. The minister may have another chance.

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