Zuma still busy with protector's report
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will not be 'haphazard' in responding to the public protector's reports on lease deals for two new office buildings for the police, the presidency said on Monday.
"The president takes the report very seriously, which is why he has decided not to take hasty or haphazard decisions," presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.
"Due process is being followed and people have been given an opportunity to respond as required in terms of the law."
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who released her second report on the leases in July, had given Zuma until Monday to respond.
Madonsela's first report, released in February, was on her investigation into the Sanlam-Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500m.
The second report examined the R1.1bn agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.
Madonsela found that the department of public works had deviated from the tender process, that the lease agreements were not at the market rate, and that businessman Roux Shabangu had allegedly pressured officials to finalise the deals.
She called on Zuma to take action against Minister of Public Works Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, police commissioner General Bheki Cele and senior officials involved in the deals.
Maharaj said it was difficult to say what Zuma was doing because it could prejudice those affected by the report.
Zuma would make his decision known in due course, he said.